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Robert E. Barnsby, J.D.

Assistant Professor
Cyber Law Fellow, Army Cyber Institute

J.D. College of William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, VA (2004)
LL.M. The Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, VA (2008)
MMAS, Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS (2012)
Undergraduate Degree: United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (1996)

Professor Rob Barnsby is the Cyber Law Fellow for the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, where he also teaches Cyber Law, Constitutional Law, and a variety of other courses as a civilian professor in the United States Military Academy’s Department of Law. In the fall of 2019, Rob will teach as a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. He previously taught Intelligence Law, Cyber Law, and International Humanitarian Law at the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has published scholarly articles in the Texas Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Military Law Review, Harvard International Review, and co-authored the Prologue to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2014 book The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law, among other publications.

Rob is the West Point Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare’s Cyber Law Fellow; he also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and serves as an Area Editor for the Cyber Defense Review. He has moderated law panels for several years at CyCon U.S. in Washington, D.C., and has participated in scholarly panels and lectured on various subjects at Harvard Law School, The University of Texas School of Law, The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Emory Law School, Santa Clara University School of Law, Syracuse University, the Central Intelligence Agency, the California Eastern District Judicial Conference, and at multiple International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Federal Bar Association, and American Bar Association workshops throughout the United States.

A West Point graduate, Professor Barnsby earned his J.D. at William & Mary Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the William & Mary Law Review. He also holds an LL.M. from the Judge Advocate General’s School and a Masters of Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he became a National Security scholar. He retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty years of service as both a Military Intelligence and JAG Corps Officer. As a military law practitioner, he served as the lead Detention Operations Legal Advisor for U.S. forces in Afghanistan; Chief Prosecutor at Fort Drum, New York; and Chief of Administrative & Civil Law at XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, among other key positions.