Burrus M. Carnahan

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Burrus M. Carnahan is a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State. He served for 20 years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in the law of war. His service included a tour as Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado where he developed that institution’s first program on the law of war. In 1977 he was named the Outstanding Instructor of the Year in Law. He has participated in several international negotiations on arms control and the laws of war and is the author of two books and numerous articles on those subjects. He has also lectured on air warfare at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at San Remo, Italy. He was the principal researcher on United States legal practice for the International Committee of the Red Cross study on Customary International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge U. Press, 2005), and is a U.S. correspondent for the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, published by the T.M.C. Asser Institute at the Hague, Netherlands.


BA, Drake University; JD, Northwestern University; LLM, University of Michigan