Brian L. Cox


Brian L. Cox is a doctoral candidate lecturer at Cornell Law School and a visiting scholar at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). In 2018, he retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of military service, including 7 years as a military lawyer. As a legal advisor, he served as a military prosecutor, federal prosecutor, and brigade just advocate, among other assignments. His combat deployments include Iraq from 2003-04 as a combat camera operator and Afghanistan from 2013-14 as an operational law advisor and then as Chief of International and Operational Law for Regional Command-East.

Recently Published

Evaluating Security Assistance to Israel Following ICJ Provisional Measures Order

The provisional measures order recently published by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the ongoing dispute between South Africa and Israel has widely been characterized as a warning to States that they risk violating the order and eventually being held complicit in genocide for continuing to provide security assistance to Israel.

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In Defence of Doctrinal Assessments: Proportionality and the 31 October Attack on the Jabalia Refugee Camp

The 31 October attack by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on the Jabalia refugee camp has understandably generated a significant degree of discussion and commentary, including on these pages. With this post, I join the discussion to defend what I characterize as a doctrinal application of the law of armed conflict (LOAC). From…

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