New Atlanticist Feb 24, 2023
How legal actions against Russian aggression in Ukraine can serve as a model for other conflicts
By Celeste Kmiotek, Lisandra Novo
There is an unprecedented number of investigations and accountability efforts under way in response to Russia's invasion. It's a sign of success—but it also shows how victims of international crimes have unequal access to justice.
IranSource Jul 26, 2022
One Iranian perpetrator gets a life sentence. Another is potentially set free.
By Celeste Kmiotek
July was bittersweet for human rights lawyers and activists, particularly those working on Iran. On July 14, the Stockholm District Court announced that former Iranian official Hamid Nouri was found guilty of war crimes and mass murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
New AtlanticistNov 30, 2023
Putin has been accused of starving civilians as a warfare tactic. Will the ICC agree?
By Alana Mitias, Celeste Kmiotek
New evidence about Russia’s actions in Ukraine offers the ICC an opportunity to prosecute starvation as a war crime or crime against humanity affecting Ukrainians and other global victims.
Celeste Kmiotek is a staff lawyer for the Strategic Litigation Project at the Atlantic Council. The Strategic Litigation Project works on prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human rights violations, terrorism and corruption offenses around the world.
Previously, Kmiotek worked as a legal fellow at REDRESS, where she supported victims of torture seeking justice and accountability. She focused on global targeted human rights sanctions, including training nongovernmental organizations and developing case files. She previously worked on memorial and justice initiatives for victims of Bolivian government violence. She has also worked in the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
Kmiotek graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from Fordham University with a BA in English and journalism with a French minor.