Matthew C. Waxman

Liviu Librescu Professor of Law

Matthew C. Waxman

Liviu Librescu Professor of Law

Matthew C. Waxman is the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.

Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to executive power; international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and armed conflict; and terrorism. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining the the Law School faculty, he served in senior positions at the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council. Waxman was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he studied international relations and military history. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he also serves as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, and he is the co-chair of the Cybersecurity Center at the Columbia Data Science Institute.

He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1999
  • Fulbright Scholar, King’s College (London), 1995
  • B.A., Yale University, 1994
Areas of Expertise
  • National security law
  • International law
  • Surveillance and privacy law
  • Constitutional war powers
  • Cybersecurity
National Security Law
S. Civil Liberties and the Response to Terrorism
S. Congress in American Foreign and Defense Policy
S. Constitutional War Powers
S. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Privacy Law
S. Law of the Sea
The United States and the International Legal System

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