COL Winston Williams
COL Winston Williams
Colonel Winston Williams is Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy and Co-Director of the Lieber Institute for Law & Land Warfare. He currently teaches Constitutional and Military Law. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Articles of War and Managing Editor for Lieber Studies Series. Colonel Williams writes on law of armed conflict issues.
Colonel Williams began his military service as an Engineer Officer in 1998 and transitioned to the Judge General’s Corps upon graduation from law school in 2004. He has served in a number of legal positions advising commanders on a broad spectrum of legal issues related to criminal law, international law, and administrative law. Colonel Williams deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007 with 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he served as an Associate Professor of International and Operational Law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Colonel Williams holds a LL.M in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University.
- How Do You Like Me Now? Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Legal Justifications for Global Targeting, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (2019) (with Shane Reeves & Amy McCarthy)
- Complex Battlespaces: The Law of Armed Conflict and the Dynamics of Modern Warfare (Oxford University Press, 2018) (with LTC Christopher Ford)
- Targeting and the Law of Armed Conflict, Chapter in The Law of Military Operations (Oxford University Press, 2015) (with Colonel Gary Corn and Colonel James Dapper)
- Multinational Rules of Engagement: Caveats and Friction, The Army Lawyer, January 2013
- Training the Rules of Engagement for the Counterinsurgency Fight, chapter in Aspects of Leadership (Marine Corps University Press, 2012)
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