Allen S. Weiner is senior lecturer in law and co-director of the Stanford Program in International Law at Stanford Law School. He is also the co-director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. His expertise is in the field of public international law and the foreign relations law of the United States. He is a seasoned international lawyer with experience in such wide-ranging fields as national security law, the law of war, international dispute resolution, and international criminal law. His current scholarship focuses on international law and the response to the contemporary security threats of international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For more than a decade he practiced international law in the U.S. Department of State, serving as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser and as legal counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. In those capacities, he advised government policy-makers, negotiated international agreements, and represented the United States in litigation before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and the International Court of Justice. He teaches courses in public international law, international conflict resolution, and international security matters at Stanford Law School.
Weiner is the author of "The Torture Memos and Accountability" in the American Society of International Law Insight (2009) and co-author (with Barry E. Carter and Philip R. Trimble) of International Law (5th ed. 2007). Other publications include "Law, Just War, and the International Fight Against Terrorism: Is It War?", in Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory (Steven P. Lee, ed.) (2007), and "The Use of Force and Contemporary Security Threats: Old Medicine for New Ills", Stanford Law Review (2006).
Weiner also worked on two Supreme Court amicus briefs concerning "war on terror" detainees:
- Co-drafter, Amicus Brief, Al-Marri v. Spagone (United States Supreme Court, No. 08-368) (merits brief) (October 2008 term)
- Co-drafter, Amicus Brief, Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Bustillo v. Johnson (United States Supreme Court, Nos. 04-10566 & 05-51) (merits brief) (October 2005 term)
Weiner earned a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Stanford Law School.