Professor Ohlin was appointed Interim Dean of Cornell Law School in January 2021. He previously served as vice dean from 2017-2020, associate dean for academic affairs from 2015-2017, and director of faculty research from 2013-2015.
His scholarly work stands at the intersection of four related fields: criminal law, criminal procedure, public international law, and the laws of war. Trained as both a lawyer and a philosopher, his research has tackled questions as diverse as criminal conspiracy and the punishment of collective criminal action, the philosophical foundations of international law, and the role of new technologies in warfare, including cyberwar, remotely piloted drones, and autonomous weapons.
Ohlin’s latest research project involves foreign election interference and the use of disinformation as a mode of statecraft by foreign actors. In a series of books and essays he has explored how democratic states can marshal international and domestic legal tools to combat this new form of cyber interference.
Prof. Ohlin is also a dedicated teacher and the sole author of three casebooks in three different fields: international law, criminal law, and criminal procedure. He is also co-editor, with Claire Finkelstein, of the Oxford Series in Ethics, National Security, and the Rule of Law, a steering-board member of an international working group researching secondary liability for international crimes, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.