Wells C. Bennett

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Fellow in National Security Law, Governance Studies

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Wells Bennett is a Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies program, and Managing Editor of Lawfare, a leading web resource for rigorous, non-ideological analysis of “Hard National Security Choices.”  He concentrates on issues at the intersection of law and national security, including the detention and trial of suspected terrorists, targeted killing, privacy, domestic drones, Big Data, and surveillance. 

Immediately before coming to Brookings, Wells practiced law at Arnold & Porter LLP, where his work comprised international and domestic disputes, foreign relations law, and pro bono matters. From May 2011 to January 2012, he was seconded to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.