Attorney Robert Weston (“Skip”) Ash
Attorney Robert Weston (“Skip”) Ash is a Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a public interest law firm with offices throughout the United States. He is also a Senior Counsel at the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), a public interest firm located in Strasbourg, France, and an NGO accredited to the UN. Mr. Ash currently heads the ACLJ’s national security practice which includes periodic interactions with international organizations like the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Mr. Ash was also a Founding Fellow of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Law & Public Policy, located in Oxford, UK, where he currently serves as Secretary.
Law is Mr. Ash’s second career. He was graduated from the Regent University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) in 1997. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Regent University Law Review and was selected as the 1997 Outstanding Law School Graduate. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Ash served 22 years on active duty as a combat arms officer in the United States Army. His military job assignments included command of an armored cavalry platoon, an armored cavalry troop, and a tank battalion; a tour as an assistant professor of history at West Point; a tour as a Foreign Affairs and Congressional Fellow which culminated in his working for one year as a member of Senator John McCain’s personal staff; a tour as NATO desk officer in the War Plans Division of the Army Staff in the Pentagon where he served as a member of nine official US delegations to NATO and in which capacity he testified annually on behalf of the United States before the NATO Defense Review Committee; and a tour as a strategist working for the Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Requirements in the Pentagon.
Mr. Ash also served as an Associate Professor of Law on the faculty of the Regent University School of Law where he taught the following courses: International Law, National Security Law, First Amendment Law, Comparative Law, Business Associations, Appellate Advocacy, and Legal Research and Writing. Mr. Ash also organized the ABA-accredited Regent Summer Law program in Israel and served as its program director for four years.
Mr. Ash was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1972, where he received his military commission. Mr. Ash has also done graduate work as an Olmsted Scholar at the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, where he earned a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) degree. In the Summer of 2014, Mr. Ash was a Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. In 2014, he also participated in a post-doctoral program in Middle East Studies at Exeter College, University of Oxford, under the tutelage of Professor Farhang Jahanpour and Dr. Gareth Winrow. In 2015, Mr. Ash returned to Harris Manchester College to conduct further research.
Mr. Ash is married to the former Melissa Cobourn of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania; they have one son.
Mr. Ash has published the following:
Robert Weston Ash, Square Pegs and Round Holes: Al-Qaeda Detainees and Common Article 3, 17 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 269 (2007).
Robert Weston Ash, Is Palestine a “State”? A Response to Professor John Quigley’s Article, “The Palestine Declaration to the International Criminal Court: The Statehood Issue,” 36 Rutgers L. Rec. 186 (2009).
NOTE: A copy of the foregoing article on Palestinian statehood was filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to counter the argument that “Palestine” should qualify as a state for purposes of acceding to ICC jurisdiction.
NOTE: A copy of the article was included in the book: Is There A Court For Gaza? A Test Bench For International Justice 441 (Chantal Meloni & Gianni Tognoni, eds., 2012).
Robert W. Ash, Religious Rights and Military Service, in Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces 99 (James E. Parco & David A. Levy, eds., 2010) (co-authored with Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow).
Robert W. Ash, Legal Memorandum Answering the UN Human Rights Council’s Report on the Goldstone Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, vol. 40, Special Supplement (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 26 Jan. 2010) (co-authored with Jay Alan Sekulow, Brett Joshpe & Grégor Puppinck).
Robert Weston Ash, Shariah in America: Islamic Shariah’s Threat to American Liberty (2011) (co-authored with Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, CeCe Heil & Marshall H. Goldman).
Robert Weston Ash, J’Accuse II: A Response to Growing Anti-Semitism, in Journal of Faith and War (Don Martin Jr., ed.) (Fall 2011).
Robert Weston Ash, An Unlawful Overreach: Trying Nationals of Non-Consenting, Non-Party States Before the International Criminal Court, 26 Fla. J. Int’l L. 1 (2014) (co-authored with Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow).
Robert W. Ash, Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore (2014) (co-authored with Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, Jordan Sekulow & David French).
NOTE: This book became a New York Times best seller.
Robert Weston Ash, The Mavi Marmara Trial: Politicising the Turkish Justice System, 1 J. Oxford Centre for the Study of Law & Public Policy 49 (2015).