David Pozen

Professor of Law

Office: 609 Jerome Greene Hall
Tel: (212) 854 - 0438
Email: dpozen@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Taylor Grace Cook
Phone: (212) 854 - 4282
Email: tcook@law.columbia.edu

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • Constitutional law
  • Information law and policy
  • International and foreign affairs law
  • National security law
  • Nonprofit organizations


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2007
  • Oxford University, M.Sc., Comparative Social Policy (distinction), 2003
  • Yale College, B.A., Economics (summa cum laude), 2002


From 2010 to 2012, Pozen served as special advisor to the U.S. Department of State’s Legal Adviser, Harold Hongju Koh. Previously, Pozen clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court (2009-2010) and for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2008-2009). From 2007 to 2008, Pozen served as special assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While at Yale Law School, Pozen was a book reviews editor of the Yale Law Journal and an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. He was awarded the Scharps Prize for best paper by a third-year student (2007), the Townsend Prize for best paper by a second-year student (2006), the Cohen Prize for best paper on a subject related to literature and the law (2007), and the Gherini Prize for best paper on international law or conflict of laws (2006).

In 2013, the Columbia Society of International Law recognized Professor Pozen with its Faculty Honors Award.

Selected Publications (SSRN page: http://ssrn.com/author=346717)

  • Working Themselves Impure: A Life-Cycle Theory of Legal Theories, 83 University of Chicago Law Review (forthcoming 2016) (with Jeremy Kessler)
  • Constitutional Bad Faith, 129 Harvard Law Review 885-955 (2016)
  • Privacy-Privacy Tradeoffs, 83 University of Chicago Law Review 221-47 (2016)
  • Uncivil Obedience, 115 Columbia Law Review 809-72 (2015) (with Jessica Bulman-Pozen)
  • Self-Help and the Separation of Powers, 124 Yale Law Journal 2-90 (2014)
  • The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information, 127 Harvard Law Review 512-635 (2013)
  • Deep Secrecy, 62 Stanford Law Review 257-339 (2010)
  • Judicial Elections as Popular Constitutionalism, 110 Columbia Law Review 2047-134 (2010)
  • Building Criminal Capital Behind Bars: Peer Effects in Juvenile Corrections, 124 Quarterly Journal of Economics 105-47 (2009) (with Patrick Bayer and Randi Hjalmarsson)
  • The Irony of Judicial Elections, 108 Columbia Law Review 265-330 (2008)
  • Hidden Foreign Aid, 8 Florida Tax Review 641-80 (2007)
  • Remapping the Charitable Deduction, 39 Connecticut Law Review 531-601 (2006)
  • The Effectiveness of Juvenile Correctional Facilities: Public Versus Private Management, 48 Journal of Law & Economics 549-89 (2005) (with Patrick Bayer)
  • Note, The Mosaic Theory, National Security, and the Freedom of Information Act, 115 Yale Law Journal 628-79 (2005)