As of fall 2017, Stephen Townley is an Affiliate of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.
Mr. Townley is Senior Program Manager of the TrialWatch Project at the Clooney Foundation for Justice. He previously served as Deputy Legal Adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he advised on a broad range of international legal issues, including international humanitarian law, and represented the United States in negotiations in the UN Security Council and General Assembly. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Townley served as Deputy Legal Adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where he focused on human rights and international humanitarian law, including negotiating numerous resolutions at the Human Rights Council and serving on delegations to meetings of states parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Among other positions, Mr. Townley has also served as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State.
He received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, and clerked on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
[Biography last updated: December 2017.]