Burrus M. Carnahan

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Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Burrus M. Carnahan served for 17 years as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State and for 20 years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. While serving as Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado he developed that institution’s first program on the law of war. While on the Air Force Staff and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon Mr. Carnahan participated in international negotiations on arms control and the laws of war and led the Joint Chiefs of Staff assessment of the military acceptability of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions on protection of war victims. He has lectured on air warfare at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at San Remo, Italy, and was the principal researcher on United States legal practice for the International Committee of the Red Cross study on Customary International Humanitarian Law.


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