Professor of Law and Judge Jon O. Newman Scholar
Adil Haque
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-3264

Adil Ahmad Haque writes on the law and ethics of armed conflict, international criminal law, and criminal law theory. His first book, Law and Morality at War, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

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Professor Haque joined the Rutgers faculty in the Fall of 2008.  His scholarship focuses on the law and ethics of armed conflict, international criminal law, and criminal law theory. His first book, Law and Morality at War, was recently published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Haque received his J.D. in 2005 from Yale Law School, where he was executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 2005 to 2006, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. For two years prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Haque was an associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he focused on white-collar criminal investigations and prisoners’ rights litigation.

Professor Haque is a member of the Associate Graduate Faculty of the Rutgers University Department of Philosophy and an advisor to the Rutgers Institute of Law and Philosophy. He serves on the editorial boards of the national security blog Just Security as well as the journals Law and Philosophy, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books



Law and Morality at War (Oxford University Press, 2017)


Articles & Book Chapters

Misdirected: Targeting and Attack Under the U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual, in The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual: Commentary & Critique (Michael A. Newton ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

Immunity and Impunity, in The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law (Kevin Jon Heller, Frederic Megret, Sarah Nouwen, Jens Ohlin, & Darryl Robinson eds., forthcoming 2018)

Defending Civilians from Defensive Killing, 14 Journal of Moral Philosophy (forthcoming 2018)

Human Shields, in The Oxford Handbook of the Ethics of War 383 (Helen Frowe and Seth Lazar eds., 2018)

Necessity and Proportionality in the Law of War, in The Cambridge Handbook on the Just War 255 (Larry May ed., 2018)

A Theory of Jus in Bello Proportionality, in Weighing Lives: Combatants & Civilians in War 188 (Jens David Ohlin, Larry May, Claire Finkelstein eds., 2017)

Killing with Discrimination, in The Ethics of War 164 (Samuel C. Rickless and Saba Bazargan, eds., 2017)

Off Target: Selection, Precaution, and Proportionality in the DoD Manual, 92 International Law Studies 31 (2016)

Laws for War, in Theoretical Boundaries of Armed Conflict & Human Rights 25 (Jehns David Ohlin ed., 2016)

Law and Morality at War, 8 Criminal Law & Philosophy (2014) Response by Jeremy Waldron 

The Revolution and the Criminal Law, 7 Criminal Law & Philosophy 231 (2013)

Retributivism: The Right and the Good, 32 Law & Philosophy 59 (2013) Response by Victor Tadros

Killing in the Fog of War, 86 Southern California Law Review 63 (2012)

Protecting and Respecting Civilians: Correcting the Substantive and Structural Defects of the Rome Statute, 14 New Criminal Law Review 519 (2011)

Criminal Law and Morality at War, in Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law  481 (R.A. Duff and Stuart P. Green, eds., 2011)

International Crime: in Context and in Contrast, in The Structures of Criminal Law 106 (R.A. Duff, Lindsay Farmer, S.E. Marshall, Massimo Renzo, and Victor Tadros, eds., 2011)

Torture, Terror, and the Inversion of Moral Principle, 10 New Criminal Law Review 613 (2007) 

Lawrence v. Texas and the Limits of the Criminal Law, 42 Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review 1 (2007)

Group Violence and Group Vengeance: Toward a Retributivist Theory of International Criminal Law, 9 Buffalo Criminal Law Review 273 (2005) (now the New Criminal Law Review)


Professor Haque's SSRN page

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  • International Law (Public)
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