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Andrew Keane Woods

Assistant Professor of Law

213 Mandrell Hall

(859) 257-1253


Andrew Keane Woods is an assistant professor of law at the University of Kentucky College of Law.  In Spring 2017, he was a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he taught a class on law and policy in the technology sector. 

Professor Woods’s teaching and research interests include cybersecurity and the regulation of technology, contract law, international law (both public and private), and empirical legal studies.  His scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of International Law, and the Chicago Journal of International Law.  His scholarship has been cited in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and NPR.  Professor Woods is a contributing editor of the Lawfare blog, and has written for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, and Slate.

Before joining the faculty of the University of Kentucky, Professor Woods was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University (at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society) and before that a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School.  He holds an A.B. from Brown University, magna cum laude, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.



  • A.B., magna cum laude, Brown University (2002)
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (2007)
  • Ph.D., Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge (2012)


  • International Law (Public and Private)
  • Cybersecurity

Books & Book Chapters

  • Mutual Assistance in the Digital Age, in The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law (Stephen Henderson & David Gray eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2012) (co-edited with Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks).
  • Psychic Numbing and Mass Atrocity (with Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, Paul Slovic and David Zionts), in The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy (Eldar Shafir ed., Princeton University Press, 2012).
  • Social Science and Human Rights (with Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks), in Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights (Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks & Andrew K. Woods eds., Oxford University Press, 2012).

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Andrew Keane Woods' SelectedWorks page

  • Litigating Data Sovereignty, 128 Yale L.J. (forthcoming).
  • The Transparency Tax, 71 Vand. L. Rev. 1 (2017).
  • Against Data Exceptionalism, 68 Stan L. Rev. 729 (2016).
  • The Limits of Moral Intuitions for Human Rights Advocacy, 9 Law and Ethics of Human Rights 91 (2015).
  • Moral Judgments & International Crimes: The Disutility of Desert, 52 Virginia Journal of International Law 633 (2012).
  • Toward a Situational Model for Regulating International Crimes, 13 Chicago Journal of International Law 179 (2012).
  • A Behavioral Approach to Human Rights, 51 Harvard International Law Journal 51 (2010).

Selected Presentations

  • Data Stored Abroad: Ensuring Lawful Access and Privacy Protection in the Digital Era: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 115th Cong. (June 15, 2017) (Statement of Andrew Keane Woods, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky).
  • Electronic Evidence Gathering in 2025, Department of Justice / CSIS (June 2016)
  • Internet Data and the Need for MLAT Reform, Chinese Ministry of Justice (Feb. 2016).
  • Against Data Exceptionalism, Berkman Center for Internet and Society (June 2015); NYU Law School (May 2015); Wilton Park (Feb. 2015); Center for Strategic and International Studies (Jan. 2015); Junior International Law Society Association Annual Meeting (Jan. 2015). 
Andrew Woods

By Whitney Harder:
Andrew K. Woods, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has written a report released this week by the Global Network Initiative (GNI), titled "Data Beyond Borders: Mutual Legal Assistance in the Internet Era." Woods also presented the report on Wednesday to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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