Mailing address

Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict
1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Langdell 175-J
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138



In addition to analysis undertaken directly by HLS PILAC, the Program also supports and carries out research in relation to an array of diverse institutions and people. Furthermore, various forms of HLS PILAC affiliation—such as Visiting Researchers, Fellows, and Affiliates positions—allow us to explore opportunities and collaborations and provide important means for building relationships across institutions.

At least as of September 2017, the HLS website notes the following [link]: Visiting Scholars and Visiting Researchers “must be sponsored by a faculty member who is willing to act as an advisor to the proposed research project, and it is the responsibility of a prospective Visitor to contact appropriate faculty members and arrange for such sponsorship.” Each year, HLS PILAC faculty members receive many requests for such sponsorship. Unfortunately, due to the large number of such requests and to time constraints, HLS PILAC faculty are unable to accommodate the vast majority of requests for sponsorship and may not be able to respond to all of those requests.

HLS PILAC does not have a standing Fellows program. Nor does the Program currently accept ad-hoc applications to become a Fellow or an Affiliate at HLS PILAC.


HLS PILAC’s research portfolio benefits significantly from contributions from Research Assistants. In general, HLS PILAC Research Assistant positions, when available, are open only to current HLS students. Some HLS PILAC Research Assistant positions may be open to individuals who are not current HLS students, though only where expressly indicated as such. If there are any currently open HLS PILAC Research Assistant positions, those positions are announced on the HLS PILAC website [link]. If there is no such announcement, it is because there are currently no Research Assistant openings. Please check the HLS PILAC website regularly, as new positions may arise at any time. Please note that HLS PILAC staff are not in a position to field Research Assistant inquiries outside of an active open call for applications.

Students seeking advice on careers in IHL

If you are seeking information on pursuing a career in international humanitarian law or a related field, we recommend the following resource: [link]. You may also wish to attend an upcoming HLS PILAC event to learn more about current issues in international humanitarian law: [link].  


Gabriella Blum, HLS PILAC Faculty Director


Bradford Conner, Faculty Assistant to Prof. Blum



Naz K. Modirzadeh, HLS PILAC Founding Director


Ellen Shapiro-Smith, Faculty Assistant to Prof. Modirzadeh



Contacting HLS PILAC Researchers Dustin Lewis and Jessica Burniske

HLS PILAC aims in part to produce deeply researched analysis of contemporary challenges concerning armed conflict through the lens of international law. As part of that mission, the Program is currently conducting an experiment in so-called “deep work.” (For an overview of the concept, see the eponymous 2016 book by Cal Newport [link].) The basic idea is that learning something complex requires intense and uninterrupted concentration. Accordingly, below are the ways to seek to reach HLS PILAC’s primary current researchers—Dustin Lewis and Jessica Burniske—along with instructions on how to do so. Please note that, in general, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Burniske are currently in a position to respond only to correspondences that pertain directly to a relevant HLS PILAC portfolio.

Speaking Requests

Please send requests for speaking engagements with Mr. Lewis or Ms. Burniske to In general, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Burniske are limiting their speaking engagements to areas of current HLS PILAC focus. Please note that, due to time constraints, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Burniske may not be able to respond.

Interview Requests

Please send requests for radio, print, web, and podcast interviews with Mr. Lewis or Ms. Burniske to In general, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Burniske are limiting interview requests to areas of current HLS PILAC focus. Please note that, due to time constraints, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Burniske may not be able to respond.

Former Research Assistants/Alums

If you are a former HLS PILAC Research Assistant or an alum who needs, for example, a recommendation, bar qualification form, or the like from Mr. Lewis or Ms. Burniske, please send an e-mail with the relevant details (including the relevant time frame) to

Research and Analysis Inquiries/Requests

Please send requests for research collaborations with, or requests for analysis from, Mr. Lewis or Ms. Burniske to Please note that, due to time constraints, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Burniske may not be able to respond.

Office Hours

Ms. Burniske has scheduled office hours for the fall 2017 semester on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please email if you would like to speak with her during her office hours.

For the fall 2017 semester, Mr. Lewis has scheduled drop-in office hours—to be held in the Harkness Dining Area (south/upper level)—on October 24th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and on November 28th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

[Page last updated: September 22, 2017]