All posts by Geoffrey S. Corn

Geoffrey S. Corn joined the South Texas College of Law faculty in 2005, where he has taught National Security Law, The Law of Armed Conflict, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, , Comparative Terrorism Law, International Law, Ethics for Prosecutors, and Military Law for Civilian Practitioners. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Corn spent 22 years in the service of our nation as an Army officer and civilian employee. In his last position in the Army he served as the Army’s senior law of war expert in the Office of the Judge Advocate General and Chief of the Law of War Branch in the International Law Division. Prior to serving in the position, Professor Corn spent 21 years on active duty in the Army, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His military career included service as a tactical intelligence officer in Panama, Chief Prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division, Chief of International Law for United States Army Europe, and Regional Defense Counsel for the Western United States, and as a Professor of International and National Security Law at the Army JAG School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Professor Corn is the faculty adviser to the National Security Law Society at South Texas. Professor Corn earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Hartwick College, his J.D. (with highest honors, Order of the Coif) from George Washington University, and his LL.M. (distinguished graduate first in class) from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College. Professor Corn has been awarded the Student Bar Association’s All Faculty Teaching Award (2007, 2009, 2010), and the All Faculty Advising Award (2006 and 2008, 2009, 2010). Professor Corn’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, The Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, The Israel Yearbook of Human Rights, Temple Law Review, Houston Law Review, Israel Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and The Naval War College Annual International Law Review. Professor Corn is the lead author The Laws of War and the War in Terror (Oxford University Press), The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Perspective (forthcoming, Aspen Publishers); and co-author of Principles of Counter-Terrorism, (forthcoming, Thompson West).

Unarmed but How Dangerous? Civilian Augmentees, the Law of Armed Conflict, and the Search for a More Effective Test for Permissible Civilian Battlefield Functions

With the drawdown of standing armies following the end of the Cold War, the United States and other Western governments have increasingly used civilian contractors in support roles to free up limited military forces to perform combat missions. Since the initiation of hostilities under the rubric of the global war on terror, however, this extensive reliance on civilian support, coupled with the increasing technological sophistication of the contemporary battlefield, has pushed these civilians ever closer to performing tasks historically reserved for uniformed personnel.