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dehn_pic.pngJohn C. Dehn

Center for the Rule of Law Senior Fellow

B.S., United States Military Academy
J.D., University of Oklahoma
LL.M., Columbia Law School

John C. Dehn recently completed an extended tour as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and joined the Center as a Senior Fellow in his private capacity. At West Point, he taught courses in International Law as well as Constitutional & Military Law; lectured in courses on international humanitarian law and the military officer profession; and coordinated international humanitarian law education and training for all academy programs. Dehn is also a J.S.D. candidate at Columbia Law School and a member of the editorial committee of Oxford’s Journal of International Criminal Justice. He has lectured and presented at top law, undergraduate and graduate schools in both the U.S. and Europe on the topics of international humanitarian law, the responsibility to protect and the war powers of the United States. In the fall of 2010, he was the Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American Public Policy and Practice at Hamilton College where he taught a seminar on war powers. Prior to his assignment to the faculty at West Point in 2006, Dehn served in various capacities as an Army judge advocate, including chief prosecutor and chief of administrative law at Fort Riley, Kansas. Selected from a high-level staff position, Dehn played a key role in two detainee death investigations and subsequent prosecutions and authored changes in deploying unit detainee training after the Abu Ghraib abuses. Prior to attending law school at government expense, Dehn served five years as an airborne artillery and quartermaster officer, earning certifications as a jumpmaster and aerial delivery officer. He holds a B.S. from West Point, a J.D. with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and two LL.M degrees, one from The Judge Advocate General’s School and the other from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, a legal honor’s society, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

John C. Dehn's Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publication: Online Scholarship and Commentary: The views presented in Mr. Dehn’s scholarship and commentary are his personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the West Point Center for the Rule of Law, United States Military Academy, Department of the Army or any other agency or instrumentality of the federal government.