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 Victor M. Hansen

Victor M. Hansen

Professor of Law

(617) 422 7252

B.A. Brigham Young University
J.D. Lewis and Clark Law School
LL.M. The Judge Advocate General's School

Dean Victor Hansen teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Prosecutorial Ethics at New England Law | Boston. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 2005, he served a 20-year career in the Army, most of that time as a JAG Corps officer.   In his last military assignment he served as a regional defense counsel for the United States Army Trial Defense Service.  His previous assignments include work as a military prosecutor and supervising prosecutor.  He has been involved in military capital litigation as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He also served as an associate professor of law at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA.  He is the author of several articles and books on criminal and military law, evidence, and national security issues, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Hansen has a blog!

 Selected Publications

Congress needs to take a look at constitutional use of military force, in The Hill Opinion Blog (2018) (with Lawrence Friedman)

Even If It Ain’t Broke, Why Not Fix It? Three Proposed Improvements to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 6 J. Nat'l Sec. L. & Pol'y 447 (2013) with Geoff Corn.

The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach (2013) (with Geoffrey S. Corn, M. Christopher Jenks, Richard Jackson, Eric Talbot Jensen, James A. Schoettler, Jr.)

The Value of the Military Commissions Act as Non-Judicial Precedent in the Context of Litigation Over National Security Policymaking, 53 S. Tex. L. Rev. 1 (2012) (with Lawrence Friedman)

Book Review: Death by Moderation: The U.S. Military’s Quest for Useable Weapons by David A. Koplow, in Am. J. Legal Hist. (July 2011)

Avoiding the Extremes: A Proposal for Modifying Court Member Selection in the Military, 44 Creighton L. Rev. 911 (2011)

Use and Misuse of Evidence Obtained During Extraordinary Renditions: How to Avoid Diluting Fundamental Protections, 35 Nova L. Rev. 281 (2011)
Social Science Research Network

The Ghailani Terrorism Case: Military Lawyers in Federal Court?, in Jurist Forum (June 22, 2009)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

A Case for Congress (2009) with Professor Lawrence Friedman, available from Ashgate Publishing.

Can We be Less Secure and Less Free? Answers to Ten Questions in National Security, Journal on National Security, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5041 (2009)

Understanding the Role of Military Lawyers in the War on Terror: A Response to the Perceived Crisis in Civil-Military Relations, 50 S. Tex. L. Rev. 617 (2009)
Social Science Research Network

The Usefulness of a Negative Example: What We Can Learn About Evidence Rules from the Government's Most Recent Efforts to Construct a Military Commissions Process, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1480 (2009)
Social Science Research Network

The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective (2009) (with Geoffrey Corn, Eric Jensen, Richard Jackson, Michael Lewis, and James Schoettler). Oxford University Press

Developing Empirical Methodologies to Study Law of War Violations, 16 Willamette J. Int'l L. & Disp. Resol. 342 (2008)

Changes in Modern Military Codes and the Role of the Military Commander: What Should the United States Learn from this Revolution?, 16 Tul. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 419 (2008)

Extraordinary Renditions and the State Secrets Privilege: Keeping Focused on the Task at Hand, 33 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 629 (2008)

The End of History: The Vice President and the Presidential Records Act, in Jurist Forum (September 25, 2008) (with Lawrence Friedman)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

Pulling Rank: Reinforcing an Independent JAG Corps, in Jurist Forum (February 24, 2008)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

The Jordan Abu Ghraib Verdict: Command Responsibility in the UCMJ, in Jurist Forum (September 1, 2007)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander - Lessons from Abu Ghraib: Time for the United States to Adopt a Standard of Command Responsibility Towards its Own, 42 Gonz. L. Rev. 335 (2007)
Social Science Research Network

Conservative Bastion or Progressive Problem Solver: The Evolving Face of Military Jurisprudence and International Law, 13 ILSA J. Int'l & Comp. L. 329 (2007)

Commonwealth v. Dwyer and the New Protocol Governing Access to Privileged Information, 51:3 Boston Bar J. 13 (2007)

Military Crimes and Defenses (2007) (with David A. Schlueter, Charles H. Rose, III, and Christopher Behan)

The Case Against Secret Evidence, 12 Roger Willliams U. L. Rev. 772 (2007) (with Lawrence Friedman)
Social Science Research Network

The Haditha Double Standard, in Jurist Forum (December 23, 2006)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

Going Native at Guantanamo: When Government Lawyers Lose Their Way, in Jurist Forum (May 2006)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

The Army and the Constitution: Time for Congress to Step In, in Jurist Forum (March 2006) (with Lawrence Friedman)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

Congress Should Champion the Advice of Military Lawyers, in Jurist Forum (September 2006) (with Lawrence Friedman)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

Walking on Unfamiliar Ground: A Primer for Defense: Counsel Representing Clients in an Inspector General Investigation, in Army Law (2005)

No Secret Rules on Torture, in The Washington Post (December 15, 2005) available at

The Art of Trial Advocacy-Effective Motions Practice, in (2001)

New Developments in Evidence 2000, in Army Law (2001)

New Developments in Evidence 1999, in Army Law (2000)

The Supreme Court Provides a Framework for Reliability Determinations; Rule of Evidence 702, 162 Military L. Rev. 1 (1999)
Social Science Research Network

Professor Hansen can comment on the following subjects:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Detainee Abuse in Military Interrogations
  • Ethics, Legal
  • Evidence
  • Guantanamo Bay Interrogations
  • Legal Ethics
  • Military Interrogations and Detainee Abuse
  • Military Law
  • Military Tribunals
  • National Security Law
  • Tribunals, Military