Prof Chris Jenks


Prof Chris Jenks

Senior Fellow | Lieber

Chris Jenks serves as the Senior Law of War Advisor to The Judge Advocate General of the United States Army in the Pentagon.  He is also a Professor of Law affiliated with the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

He previously served as the Senior International Humanitarian Law Policy Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice at the Department of State, as a resident fellow at the Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence in Arlington, Virginia., as the Special Counsel to the General Counsel for the Department of Defense and as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Melbourne Law School in Australia, where he researched autonomous weapons as part of a multidisciplinary research group.

Professor Jenks’ research interests are at the intersection of the law of armed conflict, accountability norms, and emerging technology. He is the co-author of a criminal law textbook, two editions of a law of armed conflict (LOAC) textbook and has published articles and book chapters on various LOAC topics.

Professor Jenks twice served on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts meetings on Lethal Autonomous Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland.  He previously presented on autonomous weapons at a similar United Nations meeting.

Prior to joining the SMU law faculty, Professor Jenks served for more than 20 years in the U.S. military, first as an infantry officer serving in Germany, Kuwait and as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia, and then as a judge advocate serving near the demilitarized zone in the Republic of Korea and later in Mosul, Iraq. In his last uniformed assigned he was the Chief of the Army’s International Law Branch in the Pentagon.

Professor Jenks is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (B.S.); the University of Arizona College of Law (J.D.), The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (LL.M.) and Georgetown Law (LL.M.)

Articles by Professor Jenks can be found on his SSRN page.

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