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Prof. Ken Anderson Joining the Conspiracy:

I'm delighted to report that Prof. Ken Anderson of the American University Washington College of Law is joining our merry band.

Ken specializes in the law of international human rights, of war and armed conflict, of terrorism, of nonprofit and charitable organizations, of philanthropy, of development finance and microcredit, and of international business and finance. He is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and was a former general counsel to George Soros' Open Society Institute as well as director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division; and he's coming to us from the Opinio Juris blog, where he will also continue blogging. For links to many of his articles, see his SSRN page author.

Rotunda:

"...and was a former general counsel to George Soros' Open Society Institute as well as director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division...."
Oh brother...
6.1.2009 11:06am
geokstr (mail):

Ken specializes in the law of international human rights, of war and armed conflict, of terrorism, of nonprofit and charitable organizations, of philanthropy, of development finance and microcredit, and of international business and finance.

Gosh, if this is a specialist, a generalist must pretty much have to know everything about everything.


Rotunda:
"...and was a former general counsel to George Soros' Open Society Institute as well as director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division...."

Oh brother...

What he said.

I predict that all that nicey-nice everyone was talking about on the thread yesterday about comments won't last long when Mr. Anderson starts posting.
6.1.2009 11:12am
Fub:
He is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and was a former general counsel to George Soros' Open Society Institute as well as director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division;
I, for one, welcome our new flip-flopping, er, no, convert from The Dark Side (tm), uh, no, that should be broadly and intensively experienced in policy and liberty issues, overlord.

That's tongue-in-cheek, because I halfway expect the discussions here about a resume like that to get just a mite het up.

Congratulations to Prof. Anderson on joining these august conspirators, and I look forward to reading some very incisive blog postings.
6.1.2009 11:17am
martinned (mail) (www):
Congrats! After Posner jr., another fine addition to the Conspiracy. VC could do with some more balanced (=less hysterical) writing about international law. Mixing in some Opinio Juris would certainly be a good way to do that.
6.1.2009 11:18am
Anderson (mail):
Prof. Anderson's OJ posts mention his general agreement with the WSJ op-ed page on national security issues, so I suspect the knee-jerk "Soros!" reaction from the above commenters is ill-placed.

Myself, I would like to encourage Prof. Anderson to resume Stendhal-blogging!

For me, Stendhal is the embodiment of the principle of prose. I don't mean literary reality, but reason in its more amiable aspects. No doubt Stendhal will survive Flaubert, because Stendhal is a point of reference for the mature, while Flaubert is a point of reference for the artist, and perhaps for the immature. Flaubert takes possession of the immature and almost develops a sense of maturity and of competence and strength.

-- Wallace Stevens, in a letter (June 20, 1945) (emphasis added).
6.1.2009 11:23am
krs:
I question whether he has the empathy necessary to be a Conspirator.
6.1.2009 11:25am
martinned (mail) (www):
All his OJ posts can be found here. (That's actually kinda useful, Opinio Juris has author-specific versions, for thos interested.)
6.1.2009 11:29am
Anderson (mail):
(Oh, and voted for McCain, too.)

Concur w/ martinned -- I've been scanning just that link, which the VC would benefit from having as well.

I question whether he has the empathy necessary to be a Conspirator.

Don't set the bar too high, now.
6.1.2009 11:31am
gsmcneal (www):
Ken Anderson is awesome, and is also a great guy. This is a good addition.
6.1.2009 11:58am
ck:
His performance in Super Bowl XVI was also impressive.
6.1.2009 12:10pm
BZ:
Looking forward to posts on charities and nonprofits, an area rarely brought forward on VC, but often wrapped up in many of the topics discussed. Welcome, Professor Anderson.
6.1.2009 12:17pm
martinned (mail) (www):
@BZ: This is what prof. Anderson wrote on OJ today:


I wanted to let OJ readers know that I will also be blogging over at Volokh Conspiracy, where Senior Conspirator Eugene Volokh has been kind enough to extend me an invitation. My reason for putting this up here is not so much to announce that, but instead to say that I am not going anywhere from OJ. I will be continuing to blog here, with great pleasure and affection. But I have an academic life that is actually somewhat wider than topics that OJ covers - my day job, as it were, is international business and corporate finance, and I welcome a place to blog on topics that go outside of our topics.

But while I am thinking of it, in various discussions among our OJ bloggers, we agreed that the conception of OJ was not to be only about international criminal law and related topics - and that things that I work on in other areas of international law and policy, particularly economic issues, development and development finance, and so on, are things that are appropriate for OJ. So I anticipate posting on these issues as well.

And also while I am at it, I should add that I also post on the more academically specialized, political science (and related social sciences) blog Complex Terrain Lab, which is currently undergoing a re-design. CTLab addresses both theoretically specialized and particularly "spatial" issues in warfare, counterinsurgency, urban battlespace, technology, and related issues. Outside of legal contexts, for several decades I've been associated with the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, and the critical theory journal Telos, both of which reach into areas not really related to law, but raise topics appropriate to CTLab. You should check out CTLab - it has wonderful academic symposia, an active blog, and many fascinating features that go far outside of the usual international law frame on group violence.

Anyway, I am devoted to OJ, and want to be clear that joining up with Volokh is not at all about leaving OJ. Alas, there will be many, many a post devoted to robots and war, and I'll start talking about microfinance and development finance again. So check out, thanks to Instapundit, this article on miniature warbots, "Meet Ember, the Littlest Warbot."

(Links omitted.)
6.1.2009 12:34pm
Ilya Somin:
Welcome, Ken. A truly outstanding addition. For commenters seem to assume that Ken is some sort of raving leftist, I think you will be surprised by his actual views. In any event, he is a top scholar in his field, and a great find for the VC.
6.1.2009 1:22pm
paul lukasiak (mail):

Prof. Anderson's OJ posts mention his general agreement with the WSJ op-ed page on national security issues, so I suspect the knee-jerk "Soros!" reaction from the above commenters is ill-placed.


a quick scan of his writings on human rights issues confirms that suspicion. Anderson is just another advocate for torture and unlimited detention by executive fiat...
6.1.2009 2:04pm
Anderson (mail):
Anderson is just another advocate for torture and unlimited detention by executive fiat...

Please ... Professor Anderson.
6.1.2009 2:33pm
dmv (www):

Anderson is just another advocate for torture and unlimited detention by executive fiat...

Please ... Professor Anderson.

LOL.
6.1.2009 3:36pm
Johnny Ryall:
It is nice to finally see a male contributor to this blog!
6.1.2009 5:19pm
Thief (mail) (www):
Now I there are three contributors I have connections to...
6.2.2009 11:43am

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