Philip C. Bobbitt

Herbert Wechsler Prof. of Federal Jurisprudence; Dir. Center for National Security

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 720
435 West 116 Street, Box D-19
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-4090

Assistant Info

Name: Kemi Adetayo
Phone: 212-854-8213
  • Ph.D. (History) 1983, Oxford
  • J.D. (Law) 1975, Yale
  • A.B. (Philosophy) 1971, Princeton

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Detailed Biography:

One of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy.

He has published eight books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (Norton, 1978), Constitutional Fate (Oxford, 1982), Democracy and Deterrence (Macmillans, 1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy(with Freedman and Treverton) (St. Martin's, 1989), Constitutional Interpretation (Blackwell, 1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002), , Terror and Consent (Knopf, 2008), and most recently The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made (Atlantic, 2013) His latest essay is “The Age of Consent,,” (American legal history since Grant Gilmore’s 1974 Storrs Lectures, The Ages of American Law). 123 Yale L. J. 2334 (2014).

Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). He is a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government. He has served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly (2 Cir.), Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. Before coming to Columbia he was A.W. Walker Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. For the Fall term 2005, he was the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. For the Spring term 2007, he was the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School at the conclusion of which he joined the faculty of Columbia Law School. He also serves as a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas. For the Fall Term 2014, he is Florence Rogatz Visitng Professor of Law at Yale Law School.