Robert H. Knowles


Assistant Professor of Law
Robert.Knowles@valpo.edu
219-465-7976

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Education

J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude (2001)
B.A. St. Olaf College (1993)

Bio

Professor Knowles teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, National Security Law, and Damages and Equities. His scholarship explores the historical origins and theoretical justifications for laws and institutions in the realm of national security and foreign affairs. His articles have been published in the Washington University Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, and the DePaul Law Review, among others.

Professor Knowles graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University Law, where he served as the Coordinating Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and received the William Jennings Bryan and Adlai Stevenson Awards, respectively, for final round winner and best brief in the Julius Miner Moot Court Competition. Following law school, he clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In practice, he represented clients in the areas of white collar criminal defense, asylum, complex commercial litigation, and employment arbitration at Covington & Burling in New York and Latham and Watkins in Chicago. Since 2004, he has represented sixteen Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay in federal habeas litigation.

Courses Taught

Civil Procedure
Administrative Law
National Security Law

Recent Scholarship

National Security Rulemaking, 41 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014).

Gender-Based Affirmative Action in Combat Roles, 45 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2014).

Affirmative Action in the Military, in AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES (James Beckman ed., Praeger, forthcoming 2014).

A Realist Defense of the Alien Tort Statute, 88 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1117 (2011).

Bagram, Boumediene, and Limited Government, 59 DePaul L. Rev. 801 (2010) (with Marc D. Falkoff).

Responses to Ten Questions on National Security, 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5061 (2010) (invited contribution).

American Hegemony and the Foreign Affairs Constitution, 41 Ariz. St. L.J. 87 (2009) (reviewed by the Constitutional Law Profs Blog, at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2009/02/knowles-on-amer.html

Toward a Limited-Government Theory of Extraterritorial Detention, 62 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 637 (2007) (with Marc D. Falkoff).

Detainee Policy and the Rule of Law: A Response, 48 Harv. Int’l L.J. Online 69 (2007).

The Balance of Forces and the Empire of Liberty: States’ Rights and the Louisiana Purchase, 88 Iowa L. Rev. 343 (2003).

Shorter Publications

Israeli Lessons for Guantanamo Bay: Why the U.S. Military Must Withdraw from the Detention Camp, New Republic (July 28, 2013), at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114063/guantanamo-bay-hunger-strike-suicides-show-need-end-military-rule

The U.S. Military Needs Affirmative Action Now More Than Ever, New Republic (June 24, 2013), at http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113603/affirmative-action-us-military-still-essential

Looking to U.S. Courts for Justice, L.A. Daily L.J. (Aug. 21, 2011).

Responses to Ten Questions on National Security, 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5061 (2010).

Detainee Policy and the Rule of Law: A Response, 48 Harv. Int’l L.J. Online 69 (2007).