Texas Tech University

Geoffrey S. Corn

George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law; Director, Center for Military Law & Policy

Email: gecorn@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-5442

Geoffrey S. Corn is the George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law and Director of the Center for Military Law and Policy.

Professor Corn comes to Texas Tech University School of Law from South Texas College of Law Houston where he was the Gary A. Kuiper Distinguished Professor of National Security. 

Prior to joining the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2005, Professor Corn served in the U.S. Army for 21 years as an officer, and a final year as a civilian legal advisor, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Professor Corn's teaching and scholarship focuses on the law of armed conflict, national security law, criminal law and procedure, and prosecutorial ethics. He has appeared an expert witness at the Military Commission in Guantanamo, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in federal court.

He is co-author of Criminal Law: Classroom to Courtroom (forthcoming), The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Perspective, The Laws of War and the War on Terror, National Security Law and the Constitution, National Security Law and Policy: a Student Treatise, The Law in War: A Concise Overview, and Principles of Counter-Terrorism Law.

His Army career included service as the Army's senior law of war expert advisor, tactical intelligence officer in Panama; supervisory defense counsel for the Western United States; Chief of International Law for US Army Europe; Professor of International and National Security Law at the US Army Judge Advocate General's School; and Chief Prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division. He earned is B.A. from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, his J.D. with highest honors from George Washington University, his LLM as the distinguished graduate from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School. He is also a distinguished military graduate of U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, and a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course.

View his CV here.
Geoffrey S. Corn


  • B.A., Hartwick College, 1983
  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1992
  • LL.M., U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, 1997


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • National Security Law and The Constitution
  • International Humanitarian Law: The Legal Regulation of War

Selected Publications

View his SSRN page here. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=557106

Deterring Illegal Firearms in the Community: Special Needs, Special Problems, and Special Limitations, 43 Cardozo L. Rev. 1515 (2022).

National Security Law and the Constitution. 2d ed. (NY: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2021) (lead author) (with Jimmy Gurulé, Jeffrey D. Kahn & Gary Corn)

Strengthening American War Crimes Accountability, 70 Am. U. L. Rev. 309 (2020). (with Rachel VanLandingham)

The Jones Trespass Doctrine and the Need for a Reasonable Solution to Unreasonable Protection, 73 Ark. L. Rev. 531 (2020).

 Enhancing Civilian Risk Mitigation by Expanding the Commander's Information Aperture, 19 Global Community: Y.B. Int'l L. & Jurisprudence (2020). (with Michael Meier)

Montejo v. Louisiana and the Impact of Premature Miranda Warnings, 48 Hofstra L. Rev. 941 (2020).

Beyond Human Shielding: Civilian Risk Exploitation and Indirect Civilian Targeting, 96 Int'l L. Stud. 118 (2020).

The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach. 2nd ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2019) (editor and lead author).

National Security Law: Principles and Policy. 2nd ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2019). (with Jimmy Gurulé; Eric Talbot Jensen; Peter Margulies).