National Security & Law


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. 


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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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 to work part time in a shared arrangement with Columbia Law School). He previously served as an attorney at the U.S. State Department, including as legal adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He is a graduate of University of Virginia and Yale Law School, and he is a senior editor for Lawfare, an online publication dedicated to national security law.

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 professor of history and wrote his thesis on the diplomatic challenges created by the Space Race.

Adam Chan is the 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. Adam interned at the Justice Department's National Security Division, was a summer associate in Kirkland & Ellis's International Trade and National Security practice, and has written for Lawfare. Chan has also assisted Senior Fellow Scott Anderson with a Congressional Study Group on Foreign Policy and National Security. Adam holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago where he studied political theory.