Benjamin Wittes

  • Visiting Instructor
Benjamin Wittes is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He co-founded and is the editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of "Hard National Security Choices," and is a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law. He is an editor and the author of multiple publications, including "Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor After Guantanamo," Starr: A Reassessment," Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times" and "Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror."

Between 1997 and 2006, he served as an editorial writer for The Washington Post specializing in legal affairs. Before joining the editorial page staff at The Washington Post, Wittes covered the Justice Department and federal regulatory agencies as a reporter and news editor at Legal Times. His writing has also appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review and First Things.

Wittes teaches Writing About Law for Non-Legal Audiences at the Law School.


  • B.A.
    Oberlin College

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