Kenneth Anderson

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Kenneth Anderson is a professor of international law at Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC, and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in international law. Formerly general counsel to the Open Society Institute and director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division, Anderson has written Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order (2012), and a new book with Benjamin Wittes, Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration’s Addresses on National Security Law (2013), both published by the Hoover Institution Press. Anderson blogs at the law professor websites Volokh Conspiracy and Opinio Juris, and is the book review editor of the national security law website Lawfare.

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Readings: Can Non-State Actors Mount an Armed Attack? by Kimberly N. Trapp

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Among the issues separating the American understanding of international law regarding transnational non-state actor armed groups from that of the “international community” (or at least an influential and significant part of UN officialdom, international law academics, international tribunals, international human rights NGOs, and governments particularly in Europe) is whether it is even possible for a non-state actor to mount an “armed attack” against a state, within the meaning of the UN Charter.

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Readings: The Diffusion of Drone Warfare: Industrial, Infrastructural and Organizational Constraints by Andrea Gilli and Mauro Gilli

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Political science graduate students Andrea Gilli (European Union Institute, Florence) and Mauro Gilli (Northwestern University, Evanston) have posted a new and provocative paper to SSRN–“The Diffusion of Drone Warfare: Industrial, Infrastructural and Organizational Constraints.”

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Al-Aulaqi ‘Bivens’ Damages Suit in Drone Strikes Dismissed

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Monday, April 7, 2014
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Sundays with Stendhal (3)

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Monday, February 10, 2014

By 1830, would England be willing to pay for a war against another Napoleon?

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Reforming the Legal Definition of “Covert Action”

by Kenneth Andersonwith Peter Berkowitz, Benjamin Wittesvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Hoover Institution essay on reforming the legal definition of "covert action" in USC Title 50.

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Secrecy, Accountability, and the CIA's "Covert" Drone Strikes

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Press publication of selections from Edward Snowden's purloined National Security Agency documents has focused attention on issues of surveillance.  In the months and years before those May 2013 revelations, however, the secrecy and accountability debate focused on drone warfa

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The Briefing: Secrecy, Accountability, and the CIA’s “Covert” Drone Strikes

by Kenneth Andersonvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, January 27, 2014
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Robotics and Automation, Employment, and Aging Baby Boomers

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mobile, connected, supplied, and independent. Can robotics and automation supply these for aging Baby Boomers, and are they Google's self-driving cars, Apple's iPhones, Amazon's home delivery, and yet-to-emerge assistive elder-care robots? Maybe tech companies' business models are mostly about ... old people.

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A Modest Proposal for NSA Data Collection

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 9, 2014

I have a suggestion for solving nearly all of NSA’s problems: A click-through agreement. A peculiarity of the NSA data collection controversy is that the US public, we are told, is outraged by NSA activities, including the collection of "metadata," on t

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