Benjamin R Farley

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Benjamin R. Farley is a trial attorney and law-of-war counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Commissions Defense Organization. He is assigned to the team representing Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five codefendants in the 9/11 conspiracy case who face capital charges before the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From 2013 until 2017, he served as a Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure at the U.S. Department of State. A 2012 Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Farley received a J.D. with honors from Emory University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Emory International Law Review. He also holds an M.A. in international affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Mr. Farley has published on topics including sovereignty, statehood, and international humanitarian law in various law and policy journals such as the Michigan Journal of International Law, the Fordham International Law Journal, and World Politics Review.



JD, Emory University School of Law; MA, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs


21 Years of War with Al Qaeda?, JUST SECURITY, Mar. 11, 2016.

Determining When the Armed Conflict with Al Qaeda Started, JUST SECURITY, Mar. 11, 2016 (with Laurie R. Blank).

Enhanced Interrogation, the Report on Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation, and the Return of Kriegsraison, 30 EMORY INT’L L. REV. 2019 (2015).

“International Social Justice: An Exploration of Immigration Policy and International Human Right Law,” Norman Amaker Public Interest Law & Social Justice Retreat, Loyola University Chicago, Feb. 28, 2015.

Identifying the Start of Conflict: Conflict Recognition, Operational Realities and Accountability in the Post-9/11 World, 36 MICH. J. INT’L L. 467 (2015) (with Laurie R. Blank).

The Islamic State Isn’t: A Legal Examination, WAR ON THE ROCKS, July 10, 2014.

“A Practitioner’s View of Guantanamo Closure,” Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, United States Institute of Peace, June 18, 2014.

“Should the U.S. Close Guantanamo Bay? A Practitioner’s Perspective,” American University Washington College of Law, Feb. 18, 2014.

“The Future of Warfare? Drones, Dissected,” The Washington Center, Oct. 7, 2013.

Drones & Democracy: Missing Out on Accountability?, 54 S. TEX. L. REV. 385 (2013). “Drones and Democracy: Missing Out on Accountability,” Patuxent Defense Forum, Apr. 24, 2012.

No End in Sight: The U.S. Drone Campaign as a Perpetual Stop-Gap, INT’L AFF. REV., Dec. 12, 2011.

Targeting Anwar al-Aulaqi: A Case Study in U.S. Drone Strikes and Targeted Killing, 2 NAT’L SEC. L. BRIEF 57 (2011).

Western Intervention in Libya’s Civil War May Provide Hope for Somaliland, GLOBAL POL., Sept. 19, 2011.

Recognition of Somaliland Overdue, WORLD POL. REV., Jan. 26, 2011.

Characterizing U.S. Involvement in Pakistan: Is the U.S. Engaged in an Armed Conflict?, 34 FORDHAM INT’L L.J. 151 (2011) (with Laurie R. Blank).

“Somaliland Independence: An Interview with Benjamin R. Farley,” Sagal Radio, Dec. 24, 2010. Calling a State a State: Somaliland and International Recognition, 24 EMORY INT’L L. REV. 777 (2010)