Law School Hosts Prominent National Security Law Scholars

Fall 2013

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Columbia Law School recently welcomed current FBI Director James B. Comey, former U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, and former Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State Harold Hongju Koh to Morningside Heights to share their vast experience and scholarship with the Law School community.

Comey, who was named director of the FBI this past summer, joined the Law School as a senior research scholar, Hertog Fellow, and lecturer-in-law earlier this year. While on campus, he focused on intelligence surveillance, privacy law, and legal decision making as it pertains to national security. Comey served as deputy attorney general of the United States from 2003 to 2005 and worked as general counsel at Bridgewater Associates before arriving at the Law School.

Munter, who joined the Law School faculty as a visiting professor during the autumn of 2012, served as the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2010 to 2012. He has held numerous positions in the Foreign Service and served as the U.S. ambassador to Serbia from 2007 to 2009. While at the Law School, Munter led a variety of national security and foreign policy discussions for students and faculty members.

Koh joined the Law School this past January and currently serves as an adjunct professor. He was the legal adviser for the U.S. State Department from 2009 until earlier this year and is an expert in human rights law, international law, and national security law. Koh recently worked with Professor Sarah H. Cleveland and two other colleagues to draft and submit an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case regarding same-sex marriage in California. The brief urged the Court to examine the precedents of other democratic governments when considering its decision.

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