Professor of Law and Judge Jon O. Newman Scholar
Adil Haque
Rutgers Law School
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, and the philosophy of international law. His first book, Law and Morality at War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

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Professor Haque's scholarship focuses on the international law of armed conflict and the philosophy of international law. His first book, Law and Morality at War, was the subject of a symposium in Ethics, a review essay in the European Journal of International Law, and several reviews in leading journals. His work has been cited by the European Court of Human Rights and by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions in her report on the use of armed drones for targeted killing. Professor Haque is frequently quoted by the media on questions of international law, including by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Economist, and CNN.

Professor Haque is an Executive Editor of the national security law blog Just Security. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Law and Philosophy and Criminal Law and Philosophy as well as the board of advisors of the journal International Law Studies. He is a member of the Associate Graduate Faculty of the Rutgers University Department of Philosophy and a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy.

Professor Haque received his J.D. in 2005 from Yale Law School, where he was an executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and a 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. From 2006 to 2008, 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 joined the Rutgers Law faculty in 2008.  



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

Book Symposia, Review Essays, and Reviews

Articles & Book Chapters

The Inner Logic of International Law, in Philosophy and International Law: Extensions and Contestations (Andreas Føllesdal and David Lefkowitz eds., expected 2024).

Law and the New Ethics of War, in Research Handbook on International Legal Theory and War (Tom Dannenbaum and Eliav Lieblich eds., expected 2024).

Filling the Void: Law, Morality, and Policy, in Perpetual War and International Law: Legacies of the War on Terror (Brianna Rosen ed., expected 2024).

After War and Peace, in The Individualisation of War (Dapo Akande, David Rodin, and Jennifer Welsh eds., 2024).

An Unlawful War, 116 American Journal of International Law Unbound 155 (2022).

The Use of Force Against Non-State Actors: All Over the Map, 8 Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 278 (2021)

Jurisprudence in Extreme Cases, 35 Temple Int’l & Compar. L.J. 11 (2021) (symposium)

Immunity and Impunity, in The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law 423 (Kevin Jon Heller, Frederic Megret, Sarah Nouwen, Jens Ohlin, & Darryl Robinson eds., 2020)

Reply to Parry and Viehoff, Finlay, Ferzan, and Frowe, 129 Ethics 651 (2019) (Symposium on Law and Morality at War)

Indeterminacy in the Law of Armed Conflict, 95 International Law Studies 118 (2019)

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 225 (Michael A. Newton ed., 2019)

Defending Civilians from Defensive Killing, 15 Journal of Moral Philosophy 731 (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)

Whose Armed Conflict? Which Law of Armed Conflict?, 45 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 475 (2017) (symposium).

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 essays on Just Security

Professor Haque's SSRN page

Courses Taught
  • Constitutional Theory Seminar
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Jurisprudence
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law (Public)
  • Philosophy (Law &)