Dustin Lewis

Research Director, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Dustin A. Lewis is the Research Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC). With a focus on public international law sources and methodologies, Mr. Lewis leads research into several wide-ranging contemporary challenges concerning armed conflict. He examines such topics as silence concerning the use of force and self-defense; impartial medical care, including medical ethics; civilian protection in partnered conflicts; the points at which armed conflicts legally end; and intersections between counterterrorism frameworks and humanitarian action. Among his current areas of focus, Mr. Lewis heads the research for the project on “International Legal and Policy Dimensions of War Algorithms: Enduring and Emerging Concerns.”

Mr. Lewis oversees HLS PILAC’s publications, research assistants, and online platforms, and he also contributes to the Program’s events and case studies. He has presented research — including in Belgium, China, India, Jordan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States — to an array of audiences, such as governments and militaries, the United Nations system, scholars, members of the media, and non-governmental organizations. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College (A.B.) and Utrecht University School of Law (LL.M.).

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