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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Analysis and Commentary

A Book Reception For "Speaking The Law: The Obama Administration'S Addresses On National Security Law"

by Benjamin Wittes, Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Hoover Institution's D.C. office and Lawfare are having a reception for our recent book, Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration's Addresses on National Security Law (Hoover Institution Press Publication. Please join us for a drink and a discussion.

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Analysis and Commentary

Mike Lewis, Ave Atque Vale

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Like others here at Lawfare, I was saddened - and shocked, as well, as I had not known anything was amiss — to hear of Mike Lewis’ passing. I had just sent Mike an email, in fact, inviting him to guest post on the new DOD Law of War Manual, and that afternoon heard the news of his death.

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Analysis and Commentary

"Collective Security," By Alexander Orakhelashvili

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, June 12, 2015

Collective Security is a monograph analyzing the international law of collective security. It is oriented primarily toward organs of the United Nations under the Charter.

Analysis and Commentary

"Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons From Bosnia And Hercegovina," By Philippe Leroux-Martin

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, June 12, 2015

Diplomatic Counterinsurgency is about post-conflict nation-building, the construction and re-construction of political institutions.

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Analysis and Commentary

"Weapons And The Law Of Armed Conflict," By William Boothby

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Although today there is a flood of books on the law of armed conflict and emerging technologies of weapons (such as armed UAVs, or autonomous or highly automated weapons), or specific weapons and the law (such as nuclear weapons, or chemical weapons, or landmines), there are surprisingly few book-length treatments of the law of weapons as such under LOAC/IHL.

Analysis and Commentary

“State Opinio Juris And International Humanitarian Law Pluralism” By Michael N. Schmidt And Sean Watts

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Given the eminence and expertise these two scholars bring to the table, I was interested and pleased to see the SSRN notice of their new paper.

Analysis and Commentary

“Black Holes And Open Secrets: The Impact Of Covert Action On International Law” By Alexandra H. Perina

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, June 8, 2015

The status of covert activities by a government in international law is an under-discussed topic in legal scholarship, even as it is simultaneously a topic exciting great passions among many, on the one hand, and yet a core part of national security operations for the US government (and other governments), on the other.

In the News

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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,

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