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Jacob Bronsther


Thesis Title: 'Long-Term Incarceration and the Limits of Legitimate Punishment'

Supervisors: Professor Nicola Lacey and Dr Peter Ramsay

Research Interests: criminal law; criminal law theory; moral, political, and legal philosophy; international criminal law; national security law; professional responsibility


  • B.A. Philosophy and Government, Cornell University, 2005, with Honors and “Distinction in All Subjects.” Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar.

  • M.Phil Politics: Political Theory, Oxford University, Balliol College, 2008. Department of Politics and International Relations Studentship.

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2011. John Bruce Moore Award, for “excellence in the area of law and philosophy

Selected Work Experience

  • Litigation Associate, White Collar Defense Practice, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, 2011-2014. New York, NY.


  • Fulbright Scholarship to Mauritius, 2006-07

  • LSE Law Department Studentship, 2014-18

  •  Mike Redmayne Scholarship, 2016-17 (from The Modern Law Review)

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar.

Academic Publications

  • 'Stay the Hand of Justice? Evaluating Claims that War Crimes Trials Do More Harm than Good,' Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Winter 2017) (with Mark Martins) (forthcoming)

  • 'Sacrilegious Terror, Sacred Security: The Non-Negotiable in U.S. Anti-Terrorism Law,' European Union Institute Working Paper (forthcoming)

  • Review of Joshua D. Freilich and Rob T. Guerette (eds.), Migration, Culture Conflict, Crime and Terrorism (Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing, 2006) in Global Crime 9:3 (2008): 286-7.

Selected Recent Commentary

  • “Why Being Offensive Works for Trump,” Salon, 4/13/2016

  • “How Radical Islam Explains the Appeal of Trump and Cruz,” The New Republic, 2/19/2016.

  • “The Climate Agreement in Lima Isn't Enough. Here's a Better Solution,” The New Republic, 12/14/2014.

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Law, 2016-17 LLB programme, LSE Law Department (three classes; full-year course).

  • Criminal Law, 2015-16 LLB programme, LSE Law Department (three classes; full-year course).


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