Project Officers

Executive Director

Laura K. Graham, PhD (JD Class of 2021)

Laura Graham (JD Class of 2021) is the Executive Director of the Yemen Accountability Project, In that role, she leads a team of 10 officers and over 70 student volunteers in the project. In addition to her role as ED, Laura is also a proud member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team that currently holds the Mid-West Regional Championship title (2019), and she serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of International Law. She is a Senior Cox Center Fellow for the Grotian Scholars, and holds a Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship. In the summer of 2019, Laura was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for the Defense Team for Dominic Ongwen. Prior to coming to CWRU Law, Laura earned a PhD in Sociology (2013) and was an Assistant Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University and Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Laura's passion for criminal justice combined with her expertise on international conflicts and genocide is what drew her to the Yemen Accountability Project where she aims to lead the team in robust investigations and analysis of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Yemen with the goal of assisting future prosecutions of war criminals.


Deputy Executive Director

Elizabeth Safier (JD Class of 2021)

Elizabeth Safier helps coordinate the efforts and work of over 70 CWRU students to meet the goals of the project. In addition to her work with YAP, Elizabeth is the Community Outreach Director of the International Law Society and is a Cox Center Fellow for the Grotian Scholars. She is also the co-founder and Vice President of Tampire Task Force, a local anti-human trafficking initiative focused on combatting sex-trafficking in Cleveland. During her first summer, Elizabeth worked at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and will be participating in the 2019 Fall Externship Program with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Her interest in criminal justice and human rights are what drew and motivated her to work with the Yemen Accountability Project to investigate and analyze war crimes and atrocities for future prosecutions of war criminals.


Project Advisor

Prof. James C. Johnson

Adjunct Professor of Law (International Law Research Lab, International Criminal Law, Human Rights) and is a Co-Director of the Henry King War Crimes Research Office. He also organizes the annual International Humanitarian Dialog Conference in Chautauqua, New York, which is co-sponsored by the Cox Center. Professor Johnson served as Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and was involved in the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. He also served as President and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center and is retired from the U.S. Army where he served 20 years as a Judge Advocate. Professor Johnson has worked with students to prepare research memoranda for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Military Commissions for Prosecution of Al Qaeda Terrorists, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Interpol.