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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Book Review: Deadly Metal Rain: The Legality Of Flechette Weapons In International Law By Eitan Barak

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Flechettes are an antipersonnel weapon consisting of many small, solid metal projectiles with fins — hence the name “flechettes.” The fins give the metal projectiles greater stability in flight and more penetrative impact than would be true of other shrapnel fragments or round metal balls, once packed into an explosive canister and launched from an aerial platform or ground weapon such as artillery.

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Lawfare Research Paper Series: An Essay On Domestic Surveillance By Philip B. Heymann

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new — and timely — paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: An Essay on Domestic Surveillance, by Philip B. Heymann, law professor at Harvard Law School and former Deputy Attorney General in the first Clinton Administration.

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Book Review: International Law In The U.S. Legal System, 2nd Edition By Curtis A. Bradley

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, May 4, 2015

Curtis A. Bradley (Duke University Law School professor, leading scholar of US foreign relations law and, not least, Friend of Lawfare) is most recently author of  International Law in the U.S. Legal System, 2nd Edition,  which has just been released in paperback.  The intersection of international law and US law and legal processes, says Bradley, is a mixture of “constitutional, statutory, judicial, and executive branch materials.”  Mingling these materials means that international law, as applied in United States courts,

Book Review: International Law In The U.S. Legal System, 2nd Edition By Curtis A. Bradley

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, May 4, 2015

Curtis A. Bradley (Duke University Law School professor, leading scholar of US foreign relations law and, not least, Friend of Lawfare) is most recently author of  International Law in the U.S. Legal System, 2nd Edition,  which has just been released in paperback.  The intersection of international law and US law and legal processes, says Bradley, is a mixture of “constitutional, statutory, judicial, and executive branch materials.”

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Speaking The Law: The Obama Administration’s Addresses On National Security Law

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, May 4, 2015

For some time now, Lawfare and the Hoover Institution Press have been serializing our book on the Obama Administration’s speeches on legal policy and national security. Now, we are pleased to announce Hoover has released an edition in hard copy, complete with a handy compendium on what we call the canonical national security law speeches of the administration.

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Book Review: War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission: Designing Compensation After Conflict.

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, April 23, 2015

War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission: Designing Compensation After Conflict, is a study of the UNCC, ranging from its establishment to its operations and administration.  An edited volume, most chapters are written by former UNCC staff.

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Book Review: Judicial Review Of National Security By David Scharia

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, April 16, 2015

David Scharia is an Israeli national security lawyer with experience prosecuting Israeli terrorism cases before the Israeli courts, including service on the Attorney General of Israel’s legal staff.

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Comparing The Strategic And Legal Features Of Cyberwar, Drone Warfare, And Autonomous Weapon Systems

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Briefing
Friday, February 27, 2015

Cyberwar, targeted killing using remotely-piloted drones, and autonomous weapon systems (AWS) are all emerging weapon technologies and operational capabilities that are, or gradually will come to be, available to the world’s advanced militaries — and in some instances, available to non-state actors and individuals as well. 

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Readings: An International Legal Framework for Surveillance, a New Article by Ashley Deeks

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, September 26, 2014

Lawfare’s own Ashley Deeks (University of Virginia School of Law) has released a new article, “An International Legal Framework for Surveillance,” available on SSRN and forthcoming in the Virginia Journal of International Law (Vol. 55, 2015). 

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Speaking the Law: Chapters 4 and 5

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Hoover Institution has released Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of our serialized book: Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration’s Addresses on National Security Law. Here are the Introduction and Chapter 1Chapter 2,  and Chapter 3.

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