23 Jun Remembering Mike Lewis
We are very sorry to mark the passing of Professor Michael W. Lewis of Ohio Northern University.
Mike spoke and wrote with rare authority as someone who was not only a leading international law and national security scholar who engaged in broader public discourse (see his many debates, presentations, and interviews), but also as a former Naval aviator and TOPGUN graduate, who had flown F-14’s in Desert Shield and enforced no-fly zones over Iraq.
More than most, Mike appreciated how international law was actually operationalized.
We at Opinio Juris benefited from Mike’s frequent contributions to the discussion, with posts and comments on issues such as the relationship between Additional Protocols I and II, on various aspects of drone warfare (see, for example, 1, 2, and 3), and on “elongated imminence” and self-defense. Bobby Chesney and Peter Margulies have also posted remembrances about Mike Lewis at Lawfare.
On a more personal note, I remember the first time I met Mike in person, perhaps ten years ago, at a dinner at a national security law conference. He was a great conversationalist, speaking about the need to crystallize key principles of international law in a manner that would be immediately usable by the pilots and flight crews who were actually flying sorties.
His voice was unique and it will be missed.