The National Security Law Program
The National Security Law Program focuses particularly on the role of domestic law in national security matters from the perspective of both lawyers and policymakers. The contours of the dynamic field of national security law are in constant flux, being shaped and reshaped each year in light of emerging challenges posed by the inevitability of globalization. “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,” says Professor Matthew Waxman.
The National Security Law Program features a rigorous and innovative curriculum in national security law that draws on the unique government experience of our permanent and adjunct faculty and supports research by faculty members and students to produce policy-relevant scholarship on cutting-edge issues as a lasting contribution to the field. Originally called the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security, it was launched six years ago, with the generous support of Roger Hertog, who remains a friend of the program. (The six-year grant ended in June 2017.)
In the News
Former Top Intelligence Official to Teach New Course
Approaches to International Cyberlaw: A View from Israel by Matthew Waxman and Yuval Shany.
White House plan to replace Tillerson would cap unprecedented period in U.S. foreign policy Professor Waxman quoted.
Trump era sparks debate about nuclear war authority Professor Waxman quoted.
UN Approves New CT Office Professor Waxman quoted.
The Power to Wage War Successfully by Professor Matthew Waxman.
Professor Matthew Waxman talks to The Washington Post about how difficult it is to secure intelligence wiretaps.
Professor Waxman testifies about cyber strategy before the Senate.
Just Security interviews Professor Waxman about the NSA procedures and Steve Bannon.
The Hill interviews Professor Waxman about the legal fight over Trump travel ban.
Professor Waxman publishes an article in Lawfare, "Cyber-Ops and North Korean Missile Systems: Three Questions."
WNYC's interview with Professor Waxman about Trump's immigration order and the Security Council Shakeup
Can Trump send American citizens to Guantanamo? Professor Waxman talks to CNN.
Five Columbia Law School Students named to the 2016 Salzburg Cutler International Law Fellowship.
Professor Matthew Waxman reviews legality of Obama’s Drone War.
Professor Waxman co-authors, with Jack Goldsmith, an opinion piece in Time, "The Other Forever War Anniversary."
Award-winning national security reporter Shane Harris joins Hertog Fellow Gordon Goldstein and Professor Matthew Waxman in a conversation about cyber warfare.
Richard W. Murphy, former envoy to Syria and Saudi Arabia, analyzes the prospects for peace in a conversation Columbia Law School Professor Matthew Waxman,
Iran, Israel, and the United States: What's Next? Former National Security Council Senior Director Michael Doran discusses U.S. policy at Hertog event
Privacy and Surveillance Laws: A Tug-of-War Benjamin Powell '96, former General Counsel for three Directors of National Intelligence, discusses at Hertog event
Daniel L. Glaser '93 discusses his work as Assistant Secretary for terrorist financing at the U.S. Treasury Department.
What are the possible implications of ending the CIA practice of targeted killings? Professor Mathew Waxman weighs in on Lawfare.
Professor Trevor Morrison delivers keynote address, "The Legal and Ethical Limits of Technological Warfare."
Professor Waxman's CNN op-ed on what the Cuban missile crisis teaches us about Iran.
Professor Waxman has an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations about the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies.
Professor Waxman discusses civil liberties for the Council on Foreign Relations' Campaign 2012 project.
Mary Jo White ’74, former U.S. Attorney, gives a talk about civilian and military prosecutions of suspected terrorists.
Vice Admiral James Houck, the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General, gives Hertog talk about the Law of the Sea Treaty and national security.