Brigadier-General (Ret’d) Ken Watkin, OMM, CD, QC served 33 years in the Canadian Forces, four years as the Judge Advocate General, the senior military legal advisor and superintendent of the military justice system. Since his retirement in 2010, Ken served as a Foreign Observer to the Israeli Independent Commission investigating the 31 May 2010 Gaza Blockade incident, and from May 2011 until June 2012 as the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the United States Naval War College. He continues to work as a national security and counterterrorism consultant.
He is the author of Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2016) and a co-author of The Law in War: A Concise Overview(Routledge, 2018).
Ken is a graduate of The Royal Military College (BA Hons 1976) and Queen’s University (LLB, 1980 and LLM, 1990) in Kingston, Ontario Canada. From 2002 to 2003 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School. In 2010 he received the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) President’s Award that recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession, to the CBA or to the public life of Canada.
Articles by this author:
“Fiat Justitia”: Implications of a Canadian Military Justice Decision for International Justice
Aug 21st, 2019
Proportionality and 150 Iranian Lives: Do They “Count”?
Aug 16th, 2019
Accountability Fatigue: A Human Rights Law Problem for Armed Forces?
Nov 1st, 2018
The ICRC Survey and Torture: A Glass Two-Thirds Full?
Dec 23rd, 2016
Letter to the Editor: “Lines in the Sand”—A Reply to Professor Haque
Oct 24th, 2016
The ICRC Updated Commentaries: Reconciling Form and Substance, Part II
Aug 30th, 2016
The ICRC Updated Commentaries: Reconciling Form and Substance, Part I
Aug 24th, 2016
Reflections on Targeting: Looking in the Mirror
Jun 16th, 2016