The National Security Law Program focuses on the roles of domestic and international 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 threats, challenges and technologies. In addition to producing cutting edge scholarship (including student work and publications), the National Security Law Program aims to further academic dialog within the field through:

  • Expert Engagement Bringing high-level policymakers and experts to Columbia Law School to speak with both students and faculty members through both public and private events.
  • Innovative Coursework Developing specialized coursework in the field and helping to prepare students for national security law careers in public service or the private sector.
  • Institutional Partnerships The Program enriches academic dialog through partnerships with other centers, programs, universities and think tanks.

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Publications from 2020

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Report: Strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Pathways for Bridging Law and Policy, Columbia Law School, 2020, Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Masahiro Kurosaki, and Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2018

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Article: Promoting International Cybersecurity Cooperation: Lessons from the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), Duncan B. Hollis and Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: What's So Great About the Declare War Clause?, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2017

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Article: The Power to Wage War Successfully, Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Cyber Strategy & Policy: International Law Dimensions, Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Debating Autonomous Weapon Systems, Their Ethics, and Their Regulation Under International Law, Kenneth Anderson and Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2016

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Working Paper: The Power to Wage War Successfully, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2014

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Article: Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems, Kenneth Anderson, Daniel Reisner, and Matthew C. Waxman

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Article: The Power to Threaten War, Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems, Kenneth Anderson, Daniel Reisner, and Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2013

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Essay: Self-Defensive Force Against Cyber Attacks: Legal, Strategic and Political Dimensions, Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapon Systems: Why a Ban Won't Work and How the Laws of War Can, Kenneth Anderson and Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Self-Defensive Force Against Cyber Attacks: Legal, Strategic and Political Dimensions, Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: The Power to Threaten War, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2012

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Working Paper: Law and Ethics for Robot Soldiers, Kenneth Anderson and Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Regulating Resort to Force: Form and Substance of the UN Charter Regime, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2011

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Article: Cyber-Attacks and the Use of Force: Back to the Future of Article 2(4), Matthew C. Waxman

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Article: Cyber Attacks as "Force" Under UN Charter Article 2(4), Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: National Security Federalism in the Age of Terror, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2010

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Article: The Structure of Terrorism Threats and the Laws of War, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2009

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Article: Administrative Detention of Terrorists: Why Detain, and Detain Whom?, Matthew C. Waxman

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Article: Police and National Security: American Local Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism after 9/11, Matthew C. Waxman

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Article: The Law of Armed Conflict and Detention Operations in Afghanistan, Matthew C. Waxman

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Article: The Use of Force Against States that Might Have Weapons of Mass Destruction, Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: Secret Evidence and the Due Process of Terrorist Detentions, Daphne Barak-Erez and Matthew C. Waxman

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Working Paper: United States Detention Operations in Afghanistan and the Law of Armed Conflict, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2008

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Article: Detention as Targeting: Standards of Certainty and Detention of Suspected Terrorists, Matthew C. Waxman

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Essay: Silence of the Laws? Conceptions of International Relations and International Law in Hobbes, Kant, and Locke, Michael W. Doyle and Geoffrey S. Carlson

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Working Paper: Detention as Targeting: Standards of Certainty and Detention of Suspected Terrorists, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 2007

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Article: Hamdan Confronts the Military Commissions Act of 2006, George P. Fletcher

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Article: The Law of War and Its Pathologies, George P. Fletcher

Publications from 2006

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Essay: Waging War Against Terror: An Essay for Sandy Levinson, Philip Chase Bobbitt

Publications from 2005

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Article: Hamdi Meets Youngstown: Justice Jackson's Wartime Security Jurisprudence and the Detention of Enemy Combatants, Sarah H. Cleveland

Publications from 2004

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Article: Ambivalence About Treason, George P. Fletcher

Publications from 2002

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Article: On Justice and War: Contradictions in the Proposed Military Tribunals, George P. Fletcher

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Article: Powers Inherent in Sovereignty: Indians, Aliens, Territories, and the Nineteenth Century Origins of Plenary Power over Foreign Affairs, Sarah H. Cleveland

Publications from 2001

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Article: Crosby and the "One-Voice" Myth in U.S. Foreign Relations, Sarah H. Cleveland

Publications from 2000

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Article: Kosovo and the Great Air Power Debate, Daniel L. Byman and Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 1999

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Article: Siegecraft and Surrender: The Law and Strategy of Cities and Targets, Matthew C. Waxman

Publications from 1994

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Article: Reflections Inspired by My Critics, Philip Chase Bobbitt

Publications from 1980

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Article: Constitutional Fate, Philip Chase Bobbitt