Dr Krisztina Huszti-Orban

Terrorism and Social Media

Dr. Krisztina Huszti-Orban is adjunct professor of law and research fellow at the Human
Rights Center of the University of Minnesota. She also serves as senior legal advisor to the
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and
fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
Krisztina’s background as a practitioner and academic is in human rights and security
policies, with particular focus on counter-terrorism and violent extremism. In her current
capacity, she leads the support provided by the University of Minnesota Human Rights
Center to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights.
Previously, she provided legal and policy advice, in support of the leadership and advocacy
by the the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the protection and
promotion of human rights in armed conflict and other situations of violence as well as in the
context of preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. Working as a lawyer
with the Directorate of the Jurisconsult of the European Court of Human Rights, she provided
research support on matters pertaining to human rights and public international law to the
Sections and the Grand Chamber of the Court. In this role she also advised on the interplay
between human rights law and the law of armed conflict in relation to several cases
adjudicated before the Grand Chamber.
As a senior researcher with the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project housed at
the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, Krisztina focused on the human rights
impact of data-driven technologies, including regulatory and governance responses to the use
of such technologies at the international and multi-stakeholder level. Her research also
extended to the human rights implications of ways in which businesses cooperate with
governments in the area of surveillance as well as access to and use of online services and
content. In this context, she explored human rights concerns linked to the role of Internet
platforms, in particular social media companies, in addressing terrorist or violent extremist
third-party content.
Krisztina also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Geneva Centre
for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the United Nations Office of Amnesty
International in Geneva and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and was a
visiting researcher at New York University School of Law.
Krisztina holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and
Development Studies in Geneva, an LLM in international humanitarian law and human rights
from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a master’s
degree in comparative law and governance from the Andrassy Gyula German University in
Budapest and a degree in law from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania