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Eugene Fidell

Karsh Distinguished Fellow

Eugene R. Fidell is of counsel at the Washington, D.C., firm Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell. He graduated from Queens College and Harvard Law School and served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Coast Guard. He graduated with honor from the U.S. Naval Justice School and has represented personnel in every branch of the armed forces, as well as the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

He has taught Military Justice at Yale, Harvard, New York University and American University. His course subjects have included the Russo-Ukrainian War, Guantánamo, habeas corpus, the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, Native American law, tribal law, disasters, admiralty law and the law of the sea.

Fidell is president emeritus of the National Institute of Military Justice and former chair of the Committee on Military Justice of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. Since 2014, he has edited the Global Military Justice Reform blog. His military justice books include “Military Justice: Cases and Materials” and “Guide to the Rules of Practice and Procedure for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces,” which he co-authored, and “Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction,” which he authored.

Fidell has been involved in military justice law reform for many years. He has written extensively on the subject and has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served on several federal advisory committees and is a member of the Commonwealth Military Justice Advisory Committee, which is working on a project to assist Commonwealth Member States in updating their military justice legislation. He is a life member of the American Law Institute.