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 primary research interest is the intersection of criminal law and local government law. Past projects have assessed the substantive offenses created by localities, as well as scholarly calls for localism in criminal justice. He is currently researching the implications of the small size of local legislatures for criminal justice. Fissell’s scholarship has appeared in general law reviews such as the Fordham Law Review and the U.C. Irvine Law Review, as well as peer-reviewed journals such as Legal Theory.

Fissell is co-editor of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Books--the only journal devoted to publishing book reviews of recent monographs in criminal law--and co-convener (with Dean Michael Cahill & Prof. Justin Murray) of the NYC Criminal Law Colloquium (the "Markelloquium!"). 

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 remains active in reform efforts and pro bono consultation relating to the military justice system. He is Editor-in-Chief of the premier military justice blog in the United States, CAAFlog, and is Vice-President of the National Institute for Military Justice.


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