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April 7, 2014 | The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)

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

February 10, 2014 | The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)

Sundays with Stendhal (3)

By 1830, would England be willing to pay for a war against another Napoleon?
February 2, 2014 | The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)

Reforming the Legal Definition of “Covert Action”

My Hoover Institution essay on reforming the legal definition of "covert action" in USC Title 50.
January 23, 2014 | Washington Post

Robotics and Automation, Employment, and Aging Baby Boomers

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.
November 3, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Killer Robots and the Laws of War

May 23, 2013 | Commentary

The Case for Drones

May 2, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Terrorism and The Obama Doctrine

March 28, 2013 | Hoover Institution

Speaking the Law

February 6, 2013 | Advancing a Free Society

The Briefing: The Limitations of Drone Warfare (Podcast)

July 25, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Why Does the UN Still Exist?

Corrupt and ineffective, it falsely promises that global governance and peace are near at hand...
February 21, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Targeted for death

Military and human rights lawyers weigh in on the legality of the killing of Hamas' Mahmoud Mabhouh. . . .

October 13, 2009 | Forbes

Bombing The Moon

The rocket that NASA aimed at the Moon last week did not produce the public relations bonanza the agency was hoping for--a cloud of dust visible to amateur earth astronomers...

October 21, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

What the Swiss Miss

The Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-90) is remembered in the English-speaking world, if at all, primarily as a dramatist and, in particular, as the author of the 1956 play "The Visit," which was staged on Broadway in an amended version and later made into a 1964 film starring Ingrid Bergman…

September 20, 2006 | Times Literary Supplement (UK)

Doomed international

The neoconservative influence on American foreign policy has not had an enthusiastic response outside the United States...

September 3, 2006 | New York Times Magazine

It’s Congress’s War, Too

Two branches of our government are hard at work in the war on terror...


January 9, 2014 | Lawfare

A Modest Proposal for NSA Data Collection

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
October 9, 2013 | Lawfare

Drones Are the Future for Dull or Dangerous Missions

The splendidly quotable title quote - "Clearly, drones are the future for dull or dangerous missions" - comes from Dan Jangblad , chief strategy officer for Sweden's aerospace company, Saab AB, by way of an article in today's Wall Street Journal (David Pea
May 5, 2012 | Lawfare

Readings: Jennifer C. Daskal, The Geography of the Battlefield

In the next few days, the Naval War College will be devoting a workshop to the topic of the legal geography of the battlefield. That includes the question of whether there is one, separate from where the targetable fighters in a conflict go...
April 26, 2012 | Lawfare

Law and Ethics for Robot Soldiers

Lethal autonomous weapons systems – the “robot soldiers” of our title – are going to come to the battlefield, sooner or later. So we should be asking now how they can and should be regulated within the law of armed conflict...
April 7, 2012 | Lawfare

Harvard National Security Journal Symposium on Covert Action

One substantive observation. This meeting benefited marvelously from the presence of some of the most senior lawyers on special operations and national security – but they were all from DOD...
March 14, 2012 | Lawfare

Readings: Peter Margulies, “Valor’s Vices: Against a State Duty to Risk Forces in Armed Conflict”

Peter Margulies has taken up this very difficult moral and legal issue, and argues against the Walzerian position. This is impressive work, whether or not one ultimately agrees with his argumentation...
March 3, 2012 | Lawfare

CIA, Drones and Proxy Forces, and the Exit from Afghanistan

As drone warfare, targeted killing, discrete and discriminating uses of force through advanced technology become the new normal..., they will not remain in the shadows, neither will they be justified by some immediate exigency...
February 27, 2012 | Lawfare

Readings: Pir Zubair Shah, My Drone War

Journalist Pir Zubair Shah writes in the March-April 2012 issue of Foreign Policy. My Drone War: American drones have changed everything for al Qaeda and its local allies in Pakistan, becoming a fact of life in a secret war that is far from over...
October 17, 2011 | Lawfare

Book Review: "Eyes on Spies" by Amy B. Zegart

Amy B. Zegart’s splendid new book, Eyes on Spies, is a brisk and brief discussion of why Congressional intelligence oversight is so persistently inadequate...
May 31, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Submission to the ICC on Jurisdiction and the Palestinian Declaration

Here is a letter to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court...
March 9, 2010 | New York Times

The Role of Private Lawyers

I signed the letter because I believe one can serve as a lawyer outside of government, and then enter government to do important work on that same topic — even advocating the views of an administration that has come to different conclusions. . . .

December 15, 2009 | New York Times

Moving Gitmo to America

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday its decision to transfer terrorism suspects held at Guantánamo Bay to an empty state prison in Illinois. . . .


February 11, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Ken Anderson on the John Batchelor Show (19:50)

 Alex Wayne, Bloomberg. Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack. Kenneth Anderson, Hoover. Peter Berkowitz, Hoover & WSJ. 
May 24, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Ken Anderson on the John Batchelor Show (19:16)

May 1, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Ken Anderson on The John Batchelor Show (20:11)

February 27, 2013 | C-Span2 Book TV

Ken Anderson on BookTV

February 1, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Kenneth Anderson on the John Batchelor Show (10:01)

October 16, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Ken Anderson on the John Batchelor Show (19:00)

August 1, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Kenneth Anderson on the John Batchelor Show (at 18:18)

June 12, 2012 | Morning Edition (NPR)

As Drone Strikes Increase, So Do Concerns Over Use

Kenneth Anderson, a professor at American University law school, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution, agrees the U.S. does need to be careful, and that's why the Obama administration has been carefully stating its policy...

Other Media

December 1, 2012 | Policy Review

December/January Policy Review Issue

July 23, 2008 | Times (UK)

States of terror, states of consent

Philip Bobbitt’s Terror and Consent is a big book, enormous in concept and sweep, full of portent for transnational politics in the twenty-first century...

July 23, 2007 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Larry Solum's Legal Theory Lexicon on 'legitimacy'

Larry Solum - that's Lawrence B. Solum, John E. Cribbet Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign and Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, to you, thank you very much - one of our leading jurisprudentialists and, I'm pleased to say, a dear friend over several decades, publishes, as part of the well-known Legal Theory Blog, a gradually expanding set of basic concepts in legal theory called the Legal Theory Lexicon...

July 23, 2007 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Ben Wittes contrasts the Leahy-Specter habeas legislation and the Levin proposal for detainee hearings

My Hoover Institution colleague Benjamin Wittes' new TNR online column continues his examination of proposals to amend the Military Commissions Act and related legislation that were passed under the last Congress...

January 29, 2007 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Bargain theory versus universalism in the law of war

In the Opinio Juris blogfest with John Bellinger last week, guest respondent Eric Posner made some comments about the basic condition of the law of war - is it a bargain between states, enforced by some notion of reciprocity (including reprisal as a means of enforcement), or is it a 'universal' paradigm of human rights attaching to individuals as individuals - rights to be treated as noncombatants, irrespective of what the parties to a conflict actually do...

January 17, 2007 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

From the draft introduction, A Politics, Not a Society

Below is a bit from the introduction - still in draft and will get rewritten drastically - from my book ms., A Politics, Not a Society: The United Nations, Global Civil Society, and the Legitimacy of the International System After Global Governance...

December 18, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Re-issue of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 'It Takes A Village'

I see that Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1996 book, It Takes A Village, has been re-released on its 10th anniversary...

December 7, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Two recent articles on microfinance and the Yunus Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to Muhamad Yunus for his work with Grameen Bank in microfinance this coming Sunday in Oslo...

November 30, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Final paper topics for my NCS students in Just and Unjust Wars class

I volunteer to teach a class at my daughter's school, the National Cathedral School for Girls, in Washington DC (wikipedia article), on ethics and war, Just and Unjust Wars...

November 4, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

The false academic divide between international public and private law, and the imperative to include international development in that curriculum

Although this blog is mostly about international public law matters, ethics of war and just war, and, well, idle chit-chat, my teaching as a law professor is actually in the areas of business and international business...

October 27, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Intervening militarily in Darfur compared with Iraq

A few days ago former Clinton senior national security staffer Susan Rice (likely headed for an even higher post in a future Democratic administration) was on some NPR talk show discussing the question of intervention in Darfur - military intervention of some kind....

October 22, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Thanks, U Wisconsin, for giving academic respectability to 9-11 denier Kevin Barrett

I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the heroic and principled administration of the University of Wisconsin for having given academic respectability to the University of Wisconsin's very own Religious Studies lecturer and 9-11 denier Kevin Barrett…

October 17, 2006 | Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Growing official attacks on UK multiculturalism…am I prescient or what?

Following UK Leader of the House of Commons (and former Foreign Minister and Home Minister) Jack Straw's attack on Islamism and the Muslim "blackout" veil two weeks ago (Melanie Phillips' comments here; contra Straw, from the New Statesman, Ziauddin Sardar, here), and more broadly on the bad, bad policy of multiculturalism, UK polls show wide public support for his view, then this article in the Daily Telegraph by Denis MacShane, former Labour MP and foreign office official (thanks NRO): At long last, the debate on Islamism as politics, not Islam as religion, is out in the open…