National Security Law Lectures is a project curated by Professor Bobby Chesney (University of Texas) and Professor Matt Waxman (Columbia University).

Bobby Chesney

Bobby Chesney is the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, where he also serves as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is the Director of UT's Robert Strauss Center for International Security & Law, which is a university-wide interdisciplinary unit that generates policy-relevant research, innovative courses, and high-impact public events.

Professor Chesney previously served as an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board and the Advanced Technology Board, and on the President's Detention Policy Task Force. He is a co-founder (along with Ben Wittes and Jack Goldsmith) of Lawfare, and co-host (with Steve Vladeck) of the weekly show The National Security Law Podcast. His scholarship is available here.

Professor Chesney is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Texas Christian University. He clerked for the Honorable Lewis Kaplan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Matthew Waxman

Matthew Waxman is Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he chairs the National Security Law Program. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he previously co-chaired the Cybersecurity Center at Columbia University's Data Science Institute.

Professor Waxman previously served at the U.S. Department of State as Principal Deputy Director of Policy Planning. His prior government appointments included Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, Director for Contingency Planning and International Justice at the National Security Council, and Executive Assistant to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He has also served in several advisory roles to the U.S. intelligence community. Earlier in his career he worked as a national security analyst at RAND.

Professor Waxman is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and studied international relations as a Fulbright scholar in the United Kingdom. After law school, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court justice David H. Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals judge Joel M. Flaum.