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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Articles

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

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

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Ambivalence About Treason, George P. Fletcher

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Constitutional Fate, Philip Chase Bobbitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reflections Inspired by My Critics, Philip Chase Bobbitt

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

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

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

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

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The Power to Threaten War, Matthew C. Waxman

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The Power to Wage War Successfully, Matthew C. Waxman

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The Storrs Lectures: Liberals and Romantics at War: The Problem of Collective Guilt, George P. Fletcher

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

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

Essays

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

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

Working Papers

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

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

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

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

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Guantánamo, Habeas Corpus, and Standards of Proof: Viewing the Law Through Multiple Lenses, Matthew C. Waxman

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

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

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

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

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

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The Power to Threaten War, Matthew C. Waxman

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The Power to Wage War Successfully, Matthew C. Waxman

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

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