New Program Features Renowned National Security Experts

Summer 2011

This past fall, Columbia Law School launched the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security. Led by Professors Trevor W. Morrison ’98, Matthew Waxman, and Philip C. Bobbitt, the program has already helped spur the creation of three new courses dealing with issues related to national security law
and policy. In addition, the program funds academic research and invites noted
scholars and practitioners to the Law School to present lectures on national security law topics.

“The goal of the program is to expose students and others to real-world challenges and dilemmas facing government officials, to enrich our study of both the law and the role of lawyers inside government,” said Waxman, a widely recognized expert on the international legal aspects of combating terrorism.

In the inaugural year of the program, Columbia Law School offered national security law and policy courses taught by both Morrison (who recently returned from a
year at the White House, where he served as associate counsel to the president)
and Waxman.

The program’s fall speaker series featured several high-ranking legal and policy experts, including David S. Kris, the assistant attorney general for national security in the Justice Department. Kris spoke about counterterrorism strategy and
described how law enforcement can be an effective tool in the war on terror. The State Department’s legal adviser, Harold Hongju Koh, presented a talk on the
Obama administration’s approach to international law and national security. And Brigadier General Mark S. Martins examined the legal issues involved in modern
military operations.

Near the end of the fall semester, the program organized presentations by Jeh Charles Johnson ’82, general counsel for the U.S. Defense Department, and Robert S. Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This spring, Waxman helped host the Charles Fabrikant Colloquium in National Security Law and Policy, which welcomed numerous national security law scholars and practitioners to Jerome Greene Hall.