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Kristen McGeeney

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Senior Legal Advisor - Middle East / North Africa
United States
Kristen McGeeney is a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL).  She leads and implements law reform programs that seek to improve proposed draft laws; to improve implementation of laws; and to support advocacy against restrictive laws, regulations, and policies. Prior to joining ICNL, Ms. McGeeney worked at the U.S. Department of State, most recently in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where she was the Bureau’s primary point of contact for freedom of expression issues.  In this capacity, she also served as the Bureau's negotiator at numerous UN bodies and represented the State Department in numerous FOE-related multilateral and bilateral meetings.  Prior to this, Ms. McGeeney worked in the Office of War Crimes Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. McGeeney holds a Juris Doctorate cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where she specialized in international law. Ms. McGeeney earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Virginia and DC bars. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University where she co-teaches a course on Human Rights and National Security.