Keith Petty

Keith Petty

Keith A. Petty (@Petty_KeithA) is a Major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His research focuses on international and national security law, criminal law and procedure, and legal ethics. He has published in the Michigan Journal of International Law, Utah Law Review, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Seattle Law Review, among other law journals. He received an LL.M. with distinction in human rights law from Georgetown University Law Center and an LL.M. in military law from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. He earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Case Western’s Journal of International Law. He earned his B.A. in English and Germanic Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Keith began his legal career as an intern in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. As a Judge Advocate, Keith served as a command legal advisor in Baghdad, Iraq, providing advice on targeting issues, detainee treatment, and human rights. He also deployed to Liberia as part of a humanitarian assistance mission to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. As a litigator, he served as a trial attorney at the Office of Military Commissions, responsible for prosecuting suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and later as the Senior Defense Counsel in the busiest court-martial jurisdiction in the U.S. Army.

Prior to his military service, Keith was an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he co-taught the War Crimes Prosecution Seminar. He has been invited as an expert panelist and guest lecturer on topics ranging from the application of the law of war in Iraq, the Guantánamo Bay military commissions, the application of Miranda warnings to terrorism suspects, and the crime of aggression for the International Criminal Court.

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