Prof Robert Lawless

Robert Lawless

Prof Robert Lawless

Managing Director | Lieber Institute
Assistant Professor | Department of Law

Robert Lawless is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, where he teaches the department’s course in constitutional and military law and the law of armed conflict. He is also the Managing Director of the Lieber Institute for Law & Land Warfare and a member of the editorial team for Articles of War. 

Before joining the Department of Law as a civilian professor, he spent more than eight years as an active duty military officer in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. In that role, he served in numerous legal positions advising commanders on criminal law, international law, and administrative  law issues. He also spent almost three years as an Army litigator, representing both the U.S. Government and individual soldiers in courts-martial and other military justice forums. In 2015, he deployed to Afghanistan and served as an administrative and operational law attorney for United States Forces-Afghanistan. He was assigned for three years as a military attorney in the Third Infantry Division at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He currently serves as a JAG officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Rutgers University.