Matthew C. Waxman

Liviu Librescu Professor of Law; Faculty Chair, Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 914
435 W. 116 Street, Box D-2
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-0592

Assistant Info

Name: Barbara Lester
Phone: 212-854-9408

Courses Taught

  • National Security Law
  • The United States and the International Legal System
  • Surveillance and Privacy Law
  • Constitutional War Powers
  • Congress in American Foreign and Defense Policy (more info.)
  • Law of the Sea (more info.)
  • Civil Liberties and the Response to Terrorism (more info.)

Additional Positions and Affiliations


  • B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and International Studies (1994), Yale
  • Fulbright Scholar, Department of War Studies, (1994-95), Kings College, London
  • J.D. (1999), Yale


Matthew Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to executive power; international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and armed conflict; and terrorism.  He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Before joining the Columbia faculty, he served in senior positions at the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense and National Security Council. Professor Waxman was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he studied international relations and military history. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he also serves as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law & Foreign Policy, and he is the Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Center at the Columbia Data Science Institute.

Selected Publications

Matthew Waxman's SSRN page

Intervention to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Norms and U.S. Policy (2009)

The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (2002) (with D. Byman)

"Kosovo and the Great Air Power Debate" (2000) (with D. Byman)