National Security & Law

About

Columbia’s National Security Law Program and University of Texas’s Strauss Center for International Security & Law collaborate closely on a multi-layered fellowship program designed to grow the pipeline of lawyers and legal scholars trained to work across the law and policy divide in relation to national security and foreign affairs. One dimension of the effort focuses on current lawyers in these fields seeking to transit on to the academy. Another focuses on academics or policy practitioners from other disciplines seeking sophisticated exposure to legal training. Another focuses on exceptionally promising students pursuing careers in national security and foreign policy. 

Leadership

Matthew Waxman

Matthew C. Waxman is a nationally known authority on national security law, cybersecurity, terrorism, intelligence, and armed conflict. He brings the perspective of a former senior government official to his …

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Robert Chesney

Bobby Chesney holds the James Baker Chair and also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition, he is the …

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Fellows

Scott Anderson

Columbia Law School

Scott Anderson is serving this year as a fellow in Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program. Anderson is researching and writing several academic and policy papers while assisting in the development of new seminars and mentoring students interested in national security careers.  Scott was previously a fellow at the Brookings Institution (where he continues…

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Adam Chan

Columbia Law School

Adam Chan is a Student Fellow in Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program. Chan’s research focuses on constitutional war powers and the intersection of national security law with economic and technological regulation. During law school, Adam has interned at the Justice Department’s National Security Division, been a summer associate in Kirkland & Ellis’s International Trade…

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Christopher Dinkel

Columbia Law School

Christopher Dinkel is the post-doctoral research fellow in Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program. Dinkel is a recent graduate of Columbia Law School, his research focuses on how constitutional law has adapted to changes in warfare. Chris also holds a master’s degree in history from Fort Hays State University, where he is an adjunct…

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Alexander Herkert

Columbia Law School

Alexander Herkert is a student fellow in Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program. Herkert’s research focuses on constitutional war powers and their intersection with U.S.-China relations. Prior to law school, Alex studied Mandarin at the National Taiwan University as a Blakemore Fellow, and completed graduate work at the University of Oxford as a Keasbey Fellow. Alex…

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Ruth Schapiro

Columbia Law School

Ruth Schapiro is a student fellow in Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program. Shapiro’s research focuses on the international law of cyber-conflict. She received a B.A. from Yale University, where she majored in Global Affairs and participated in the Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy Program, and a Masters of War Studies from King’s College London. Schapiro has…

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