Brenner M. Fissell

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Georgetown University
M.Phil., University of Cambridge
J.D., Georgetown University

Phone: 516-463-5874
Email: Brenner.M.Fissell@hofstra.edu


Brenner M. Fissell works in the fields of criminal law and military law. His research applies insights from political theory to issues in substantive criminal law—especially the assessment of different criminalization institutions. He is currently working on a project investigating criminalization by local governments. Fissell’s scholarship has appeared in general law reviews, such as the U.C. Irvine Law Review, and peer reviewed journals such as Legal Theory. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and legal ethics.

Fissell joined Hofstra in 2018 from the U.S. Dept. of Defense, where he was appellate defense counsel at the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions. In this capacity, he served as a consultant on legal strategy and appellate issues to the defense teams representing detainees charged with war crimes. He continues to actively consult on Guantanamo litigation matters, and is admitted to practice there as a civilian attorney by the Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute of Military Justice.

Immediately after law school, Fissell was law clerk to Chief Judge Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and to Judge Jerome Farris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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