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

Conceptualizing Cyberwar

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, November 16, 2015

Last Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal (November 10, 2015) carried a front-page story titled “Ukraine: Cyberwar’s Hottest Front.”

Analysis and Commentary

La France-des-Cavernes

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, November 14, 2015

The only photograph that hangs in my attic office is that of René Char, the poet and World War II Resistance fighter.

Analysis and Commentary

The International Criminal Court And Power Politics

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, November 14, 2015

The recent appearance on Lawfare of my American University colleague David Bosco (in the roundtable on US Navy operations in the South China Sea) prompts His Serenity to fix his lapse in failing to mark Bosco's outstanding 2014 book, Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics (Oxford UP 2014).

Analysis and Commentary

Congressional Oversight Of US Foreign Relations And National Security?

by Kenneth Andersonmentioning Amy Zegartvia Lawfare
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Executive power is on the rise, a familiar argument runs, and necessarily at the expense of Congressional authority.

Analysis and Commentary

The "Where" Problem Of Territory, Jurisdiction, And Data In Cyberspace

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, November 9, 2015

Jennifer C. Daskal (Washington College of Law, American University) has a forthcoming paper in Yale Law Journal on the vexing question of territoriality and data (current draft is available on SSRN.com), "The Un-Territoriality of Data."

Analysis and Commentary

The Vulnerable Cables Undergirding The Internet

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Sunday, November 8, 2015

Amid concerns of cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, there is a related security topic that receives far less attention: vulnerabilities of the physical cables that enable telecommunications traffic and the Internet.

Analysis and Commentary

How Scientists And Lawyers Shape The American Way Of War

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Stephanie Carvin (Carleton University, Canada, and friend to several of us at Lawfare) and Michael John Williams (NYU) are international relations scholars who focus on national and international security.

Analysis and Commentary

Similar Ethical Dilemmas For Autonomous Weapon Systems And Autonomous Self-Driving Cars

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Friday, November 6, 2015

In writing about autonomous weapon systems (AWS) and the law of armed conflict, we have several times observed the similarities between programming AWS and programming other kinds of autonomous technologies, as well as the similarities of ethical issues arising in each.

Lawfare
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.

LawFare
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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