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Ashley Deeks

Ashley Deeks is the E. James Kelly, Jr.–Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, where she also serves as a senior fellow at the Center for National Security Law. Deeks is an expert on international law, national security and the law of war, and she has an extensive background in public service and advisory roles with the U.S. State Department. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law, formerly served as the embassy legal adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations, and was the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser. She sits on the boards of editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and she is a senior fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Warfare.

Deeks’ 2018 article “Predicting Enemies” identifies weaknesses in relying upon predictive algorithms in the American criminal justice system. Her latest article, “Facebook Unbound,” asserts the need for checks and balances on increasingly powerful private corporations with access to massive stores of digital information from private citizens. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, Deeks was an academic fellow at Columbia Law School and clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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