Mitt Regan is McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession, and Co-Director on the Center on National Security at Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on international law, national security, international human rights, legal and military ethics, and ethical issues relating to artificial intelligence.

Professor Regan is also Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has been a participant in major interdisciplinary projects on national security that include Intelligence and National Security: Ethics, Efficacy, and Accountability; Global Terrorism and Collective Responsibility: Redesigning Police, Military, and Intelligence Agencies in Liberal Democracies; and Split-Second Morality: Protecting Civilians in Asymmetric Conflicts.

Professor Regan’s books on national security include Drone Strike: Analyzing the Impacts of Targeted Killing (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), Fighting War as Crime and Crime as War: Alternative Legal Frameworks for Asymmetric Conflict (Claire Finkelstein, Christopher Fuller, Jens David Ohlin & Mitt Regan eds., Oxford University Press 2022), and National Security Intelligence and Ethics (Seumas Miller, Mitt Regan & Patrick F. Walsh eds., Routledge 2022). His books on ethics include BigLaw: Money and Meaning in the Modern Law Firm (Chicago: University of Chicago Press 2021)(with Lisa H. Rohrer); Eat What You Kill: The Fall of a Wall Street Lawyer; Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry (with Tanina Rostain; and Professional Responsibility: Representing Business Organizations (with John K. Villa).

He also is the author of two books that analyze family law through the lens of the debate between liberal and communitarian political theory, Alone Together: Law and the Meanings of Marriage (Oxford University Press 1999) and Family Law and the Pursuit of Intimacy (NYU Press 1993). He is the co-editor with Anita Allen of Debating Democracy’s Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law and Public Philosophy (Oxford University Press 1999).

Before joining Georgetown, Professor Regan was an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell, and served as law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court and then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Featured Scholarship

Mitt Regan & Seumas Miller, Counterterrorism and Use of Force in Liberal Democracies (forthcoming).
Mitt Regan, Drone Strike–Analyzing the Impacts of Targeted Killing (Cham, Switz.: Palgrave Pivot 2022).
Mitt Regan, The Ethics of Acting Covertly, Int’l J. Intel. & Counterintelligence (forthcoming).
Mitt Regan & Kevin Mullaney, Emotion, Ethics, and Military Virtues, 22 J. Mil. Ethics 256-273 (2024).
Mitt Regan, International Law and the Humanization of Warfare, 37 Ethics & Int’l Aff. 375-390 (2023).
Todd Huntley & Mitt Regan, From Armed Conflict to Countering Threat Networks: Counterterrorism and Social Network Analysis, in Between Crime and War: Hybrid Legal Frameworks for Asymmetric Conflict 437-470 (Claire Finkelstein, Christopher J. Fuller, Jens David Ohlin & Mitt Regan eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2023). [BOOK]
Mary B. DeRosa & Mitt Regan, Accountability for Targeted Killing, in Counter-Terrorism: The Ethical Issues 61-76 (Seumas Miller, Adam Henschke & Jonas Feltes ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2021).
Mitt Regan & Alexandra White, Preventive Criminal Law: Terrorist Crimes and Liberal Democratic Values, in Counter-Terrorism: The Ethical Issues 10-23 (Seumas Miller, Adam Henschke & Jonas Feltes ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2021).
Mitt Regan & Michele Poole, Accountability for Covert Action in the United States and the United Kingdom, in National Security Intelligence and Ethics 242-248 (Seumas Miller, Mitt Regan & Patrick Walsh eds., New York: Routledge 2022).