Dickinson, Laura A.

GW Law Faculty Publications

January 19, 2021

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Outsourcing War and Peace: Protecting Public Values in an Era of Privatized Foreign Affairs. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. 

Empirical Approaches to International Law. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. 

International Law and Society: Essays. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. 

(With Noyes, John E., and Mark W. Janis.) International Law Stories. New York: Foundation Press, 2007. 



Administrative Law Values and National Security Functions: Military Detention in the United States and the United Kingdom, in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Administrative Law 635 (Peter Cane et al., eds., 2021).

International Law and National Security Policy-making: The Case of the PPG, in The Frontiers of Public Law Ch. 4 (Jason N.E. Varuhas & Shona Wilson Stark eds., 2019).

In Defense of Accountability as a Lens to Perceive Privatization’s Problems: Some Examples from Military and Security Privatization, in Privatization: NOMOS LX, 30 (Jack Knight & Melissa Schwartzberg eds., 2020).

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: The Overlooked Importance of Administrative Accountability, in The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict 69 (Richard T. P. Alcala & Eric Talbot Jensen eds., 2019).

Not-War Everywhere: A Response to Rosa Brooks's How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, 32 Temp. Int'l & Comp. L.J. 17 (2018).

Drones, Automated Weapons and Private Military Contractors:  Challenges to Domestic and International Legal Regimes Governing Armed Conflict, in New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice 93 (Molly K. Lamb and Jay D. Aronson eds., 2018).

The Promise of Hybrid Courts, in 3 International Criminal Law 144 (William A. Schabas ed., 2015).

"Regulating the Privatized Security Industry: The Promise of Public/Private Governance," 63 Emory Law Journal 417-454 (2013).

"Outsourcing Covert Activities," 5 Journal of National Security Law & Policy 521-537 (2012).

"Privatization and Accountability," 7 Annual Review of Law & Social Science 101 (2011).

"The State Action Doctrine in International Law," in Special Issue: Human Rights: New Possibilities, New Problems. Ed. By Austin Sarat. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2011.

"Military Lawyers on the Battlefield: An Empirical Account of International Law Compliance," 104 American Journal of International Law 1-28 (2010).

Organizational Structure, Institutional Culture and Norm Compliance in an Era of Privatization:  The Case of US Military Contractors, in Comparative Administrative Law 524 (Susan Rose-Ackerman & Peter L. Lindseth eds., 2010).

"Military Lawyers, Private Contractors, and the Problem of International Law Compliance," 42 New York University Journal of International Law & Policy 355-388 (2010).

"Public Values/Private Contract," in Government by Contract, pp. 335-362. Edited by Jody Freeman & Martha Minow. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

"Mercenarism and Private Military Contractors," in International Criminal Law, p. 355.  Edited by M. Cherif Bassiouni. 3rd ed. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Pub., 2008.

"Abu Ghraib," in International Law Stories. Edited with John E. Noyes and Mark W. Janis. New York: Foundation Press, 2007.

"Contract as a Tool for Regulating Private Military Companies," in From Mercenaries to Market, p 217-238. Edited by Simon Chesterman and Chia Lenhardt. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 2007.

"Justice Should Be Done, But Where? The Relationship Between National and International Courts," (Panel Discussion) 101 American Society of International Law Proceedings 289-300 (2007).

"Toward a 'New' New Haven School of International Law?," 32 Yale Journal of International Law 547-553 (2007).

"Filartiga's Legacy in an Era of Military Privatization," 37 Rutgers Law Journal 703-714 (2006).

"Public Law Values in a Privatized World," 31 Yale Journal of International Law 383-426 (2006).

"Torture and Contract," 37 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 267-276 (2006).

"Accountability of State and Non-State Actors for Human Rights Abuses in the 'War on Terror,'"" 12 Tulsa Journal of Comparative & International Law 53-60 (2005).

"Government for Hire: Privatizing Foreign Affairs and the Problem of Accountability in International Law," 47 William & Mary Law Review 135-237 (2005).

"Terrorism and the Limits of Law: The View from Transitional Justice," in The Limits of Law, p. 21-74. Edited by Austin Sarat, et al. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005.

"The Dance of Complementarity: Relationships Among Domestic, International, and Transnational Accountability Mechanisms in East Timor and Indonesia," in Accountability for Atrocities: National and International Responses, p. 319-374. Edited by Jane Stromseth. Ardsley, NY: Transnational Press, 2003.

"The Promise of Hybrid Courts," 97 American Journal of International Law 295-310 (2003).

"Transitional Justice in Afghanistan: The Promise of Mixed Tribunals," 31 Denver Journal of International Law & Policy 23-42 (2002).

"Using Legal Process to Fight Terrorism: Detentions, Military Commissions, International Tribunals, and the Rule of Law," 75 Southern California Law Review 1407-1492 (2002).



Review of Privatizing War: Private Military and Security Companies under Public International Law, by Lindsey Cameron and Vincent Chetail. 108 American Journal of International Law 589-596 (2014).



(With James E. Baker.)  The U.S. Military Commissions: Looking Forward. Law and Policy Workshop Report, ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security (May 2018), https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/law_national_security/ABAMilitaryCommissionsWorkshopFINAL.authcheckdam.pdf.

(With James E. Baker.)  The Future of the US Military Commissions: Legal and Policy Issues, Just Security (May 8, 2018), https://www.justsecurity.org/55865/future-u-s-military-commissions-legal-policy-issues/.

Just Security's Symposium on the ICC Afghanistan Probe and the US, Just Security (Apr. 5, 2018), https://www.justsecurity.org/54519/securitys-symposium-icc-afghanistan-probe/.

Expert Q&A: The International Criminal Court's Afghanistan Probe and the US, Just Security (Mar. 6, 2018), https://www.justsecurity.org/54276/backgrounder-icc-afghanistan-probe-us-expert-qa/.

Symposium: The Trump Administration and International Law–Policy in the Shadow of International Law, Opinio Juris (Feb. 21, 2018), http://opiniojuris.org/2018/02/21/symposium-the-trump-administration-and-international-law-policy-in-the-shadow-of-international-law/.

Plan to Privatize US War in Afghanistan Gets Icy Reception, VOA (Aug. 12, 2017), https://www.voanews.com/a/plan-privatize-united-states-war-afghanistan-gets-icy-reception/3983217.html.

A Legal and Policy Risk Analysis of the Erik Prince Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan, Just Security (Aug. 10, 2017), https://www.justsecurity.org/44058/legal-policy-risk-analysis-erik-prince-plan-privatize-war-afghanistan/.

"Outsourcing War and Security: Problems and Solutions," The Conversation (Jan. 12, 2015), http://theconversation.com/outsourcing-war-and-security-problems-andsolutions-35728.

(With Peter. S. Singer.)  "Ask your 2016 Candidate These Questions on Drone Warfare," Defense One (May 18, 2015), http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2015/05/ask-your-2016-candidate-these-questionsdrone-warfare/113098/?oref=d-river.

"Outsourcing War and Peace: Six Questions for Laura Dickinson," Browsings, The Harper’s Blog (June 6, 2011), https://harpers.org/blog/2011/06/outsourcing-war-and-peace-six-questions-for-laura-dickinson/.

"A Comment on Medellin v. Texas, ASIL Newsletter (June 2008).

"Obama and Private Military Contractors," Balkinization Blog (Mar. 23, 2008), http://balkin.blogspot.com.
     Cross-posted:  "Obama and Private Military Contractors," Open Left Blog (Spring 2008), http://openleft.com.

"Prosecuting Military Contractors: More a Problem of Law in Action Than Law On the Books," Balkinization Blog (Oct. 1,2007), http://balkin.blogspot.com.

"Accountability and the Use of Contracts," International Peace Operations Association Newsletter (2006).

"The IST Should Fulfill Its Promise as a True Hybrid Domestic-International Court," Groation Moment: The International War Crimes Trial Blog: Iraqi High Tribunal Trials (Sept. 22, 2005), http://law.case.edu/Academics/Academic-Centers/Cox-International-Law-Center/Grotian-Moment/ArtMID/804/ArticleID/511.

"Should the IST Relocate Outside Iraq? Yes, At Least Temporarily," Groation Moment: The International War Crimes Trial Blog: Iraqi High Tribunal Trials (Nov. 10, 2005), http://law.case.edu/Academics/Academic-Centers/Cox-International-Law-Center/Grotian-Moment/ArtMID/804/ArticleID/477.

"U.S. Credibility at Stake," Hartford Courant, May 17, 2004.

"What's the Rush with Appointing Federal Judges?," Hartford Courant, Feb. 11, 2002.

"Create an International Terrorism Tribunal," Hartford Courant, Oct. 12, 2001.

"An Interview with Laura Dickinson on Responses to September 11th," Corporate Crime Reporter, Oct. 5, 2001.

"Courts Can Avenge September 11th: International Justice, Not War Will Honor Our Character while Preserving Our Safety," Legal Times, Sept. 24, 2001.