Democracy & Elections

National Security Law Lectures

Robert Chesney, Matthew Waxman
Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:51 PM

Lawfare’s Bobby Chesney and Matt Waxman have launched “The National Security Law Lectures”: a free series of lectures on an array of national security law topics.

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In case what is missing from your life is a series of video lectures breaking down national security law topics, we are here to help!

During our summers under COVID lockdown, we finally had time—and extra reason—to act on a project we've talked about for years: developing and recording together a set of U.S. national security law video lectures. These videos are intended for use by students, teachers, practitioners, journalists, or anyone who just wants to know about this stuff.

We've created a website ( to host them, and they're also all available on Lawfare's resource page for teachers and students. The first set of 10 includes an introductory lecture about the field as a whole, and then an initial set of nine other lectures covering topics including war powers, intelligence, surveillance, and cybersecurity. Our plan is to continue adding to this set with lectures on additional topics in the future. Comments/feedback are most welcome!

Robert (Bobby) Chesney is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law, where he also holds the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at UT. He is known internationally for his scholarship relating both to cybersecurity and national security. He is a co-founder of Lawfare, the nation’s leading online source for analysis of national security legal issues, and he co-hosts the popular show The National Security Law Podcast.
Matthew Waxman is a law professor at Columbia Law School, where he chairs the National Security Law Program. He also previously co-chaired the Cybersecurity Center at Columbia University's Data Science Institute, and he is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served in senior policy positions at the State Department, Defense Department, and National Security Council. After graduating from Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.

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