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Sean Blythe Anaïs.



My research and practical training is in the area of Constitutional Tort and §1983 litigation. Specifically, I have focused on the litigation of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims connected to the negligence and deliberate indifference of private prison contractors and state correctional facilities. My training, education, and experience is preparing me to expand this focus to include the litigation of complex medical malpractice and industrial class actions.

Today, I am proud to work for The Calwell Practice, LC here in Charleston, where I have been fortunate to learn from some of the best trial attorneys in the United States. Their work - and the collective contributions of the dedicated staff that makes it possible - is an everyday inspiration to me. 


I started law school (Faculty of Law - University of Ottawa) in September 2015, shortly after earning my PhD. My doctorate was awarded in 2012 (with distinction). The Historical Ontology of Non-Lethality, which involved extensive fieldwork over several years in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Maryland, was nominated for both the Senate and Governor General's Medals. As an academic, my research focused on defense, national security,  and Cold War weapons Research & Development programs administered by the US Department of Defense.

Before returning to study law and train as an attorney, I worked as a photographer, professor, and author. From 2013-2015, I was Director and Principal Investigator for an international research project that involved two years of data collection and fieldwork at decommissioned armaments factories and nuclear test sites in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

 (see also 'MY WORK' tab, above)


My first book, Disarming Intervention, is about the relationship between novel weapons technologies, war, and the body of laws governing the conduct of international hostilitiesIt was published by the University of British Columbia Press in 2015 and distributed in the U.S. through the University of Washington Press. As an author-researcher, I published nearly two-dozen peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reviews in the area of security and socio-legal studies. My single-authored pieces have appeared in Security Dialogue, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, and Critical Discourse Studies. My collection of peer-reviewed journal articles addresses security and law through various lines of inquiry, including Ministerial Authorization and the jurisprudence of signals intelligence, Freedom of (Access to) Information, weapons and war, and the legal administration of risk and regulation. Some of my work on security has also appeared in edited volumes - one was published by Duke University Press (Shoshanna Magnet, ed.) and the other by Routledge (Mark Salter, ed.).


I traveled the world taking pictures of decommissioned weapons and munitions factories dedicated to materiel production in wars spanning from WWI (West Virginia) to Vietnam (Maryland). My work in Cold War weapons sites includes two Nuclear Test and Training Ranges: Orford Ness, Suffolk - U.K. and the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Nevada - U.S.A. 

(see 'PHOTOGRAPHS' tab, above) 



I live in Charleston - where my dog Joni Mitchell (pictured above) lives.