- J.D., Yale Law School, 1999
- Fulbright Scholar, King’s College (London), 1995
- B.A., Yale University, 1994
Matthew C. Waxman is the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.
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 clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining the the Law School faculty, he served in senior positions at the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council. 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 and Foreign Policy, and he is the co-chair of the Cybersecurity Center at the Columbia Data Science Institute.
He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.
- National security law
- International law
- Surveillance and privacy law
- Constitutional war powers
- The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might, (with Daniel L. Byman), Cambridge University Press, 2002
- “The Legal Legacy of Light-Footprint Warfare,” (with Jack Goldsmith), The Washington Quarterly, 2016
- “Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems,” (with Kenneth Anderson and Daniel Reisner), International Law Studies, 2014
- “The Power to Threaten War,” Yale Law Journal, 2014
- “Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapon Systems,” (with Kenneth Anderson), Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law, 2013
- “Self-Defense Force Against Cyber Attacks: Legal, Strategic and Political Dimensions,” International Law Studies, 2013
- “Regulating Resort to Force: Form and Substance of the UN Charter Regime,” European Journal of International Law, 2013
- “National Security Federalism in the Age of Terror,” Stanford Law Review, 2012
- “Cyber-Attacks and the Use of Force: Back to the Future of Article 2(4),” Yale Journal of International Law, 2011
- “The Use of Force Against States that ‘Might’ Have Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Michigan Journal of International Law, 2009
- “Intervention To Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Norms and U.S. Policy,” Council on Foreign Relations Special Report, 2009
- “Secret Evidence and the Due Process of Terrorist Detention,” (with Daphne Barak-Erez), Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 2009
- “Administrative Detention of Terrorists: Why Detain, and Detain Whom?” Journal of National Security Law and Policy, 2009
- “Detention as Targeting: Standards of Certainty and Detention of Suspected Terrorists,” Columbia Law Review, 2008
- “Kosovo and the Great Air Power Debate,” (with Daniel Byman), International Security, 2000