New Additions to the Lawfare Roster of Writers

Benjamin Wittes
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:45 AM

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I'm delighted to announce the addition of three superb new Lawfare contributing editors to our masthead

Naz Modirzadeh is joining to deepen our writing on international humanitarian law. The founding director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC), she is responsible for overall direction of the Program, collaboration with the faculty director and other affiliated faculty, development of research initiatives, and engagement with key decision-makers in the armed forces, humanitarian organizations, government, and intergovernmental organizations. Modirzadeh regularly advises and briefs international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations relating to humanitarian assistance. She is one of the most fun people I know to sit next to at a conference.

Nicholas Weaver will add great depth to our technical coverage of cybersecurity matters. A senior staff researcher focusing on computer security at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003 from the University of California at Berkeley. As a graduate student in 2001, he postulated the possibility of very fast computer worms. His primary research now focuses on network security, notably worms, botnets, and other internet-scale attacks, and network measurement. Other areas have included both hardware acceleration and software parallelization of network intrusion detection, defenses for DNS resolvers, and tools for detecting ISP-introduced manipulations of a user's network connection. 

Last alphabetically but certainly not least, Andrew Woods is joining us to strengthen our discussion of cross-border data flows, ECPA reform, and Internet regulation, and we hope that he will also write on some of his innovative insights on human rights from a behavioral perspective. He is an assistant professor of law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. In his previous position, he was a postdoctoral cybersecurity fellow at Stanford University. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. His teaching and research interests include international law (public and private), the regulation of the internet, cybersecurity, and empirical legal studies.

Please join me in welcoming them aboard.

Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books.

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