Dustin A. Lewis is a Senior Researcher at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). He is also an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. With a focus on public international law sources and methodologies, Mr. Lewis leads research projects on the theoretical underpinnings and application of international norms related to contemporary challenges concerning armed conflict. He contributes to PILAC's events and engagement activities with states, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs, and also oversees the Program's publications, research assistants, and online platforms.
Mr. Lewis explores legal, policy, and ethical dimensions of such topics as wartime medical care for terrorists; extraterritorial use of lethal force; the goals of war and the end of war; and dilemmas at the intersection of counterterrorism frameworks and principled humanitarian action. He is also keenly interested in the legal, normative, and strategic implications of the development and use of new technologies in war. Mr. Lewis briefs government officials, United Nations system actors, members of the media, and NGOs on academic and policy research.
Prior to helping found PILAC, Mr. Lewis was a Senior Researcher at the Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement (CHE) Project at the Harvard Law School–Brookings Project on Law and Security. A former Visiting Professional in chambers at the International Criminal Court, Mr. Lewis has also recently served as a Project Manager and Technical Lead at the Berkman Center and the Harvard Law School Library. He is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B. cum laude) and Utrecht University School of Law (LL.M. summa cum laude).