Faculty and Leadership
Philip C. Bobbitt
Matthew C. Waxman
Coordinator: Barbara G. Lester email@example.com
Philip C. Bobbitt
Philip C. Bobbitt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Senior Director at the National Security Council. He has published seven books, most recently the New York Times-reviewed Terror and Consent.
Matthew C. Waxman served in senior positions at the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense and National Security Council before joining the Columbia Law faculty. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he studied international relations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he also serves as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law & Foreign Policy.
Joseph Lieberman was a member of the U.S. Senate from Connecticut for 24 years. At the end of his service in January 2013, he was Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Through both Committee positions, he became a leader in protecting the security of the American people and supporting American international leadership. Senator Lieberman is known as a national leader who works across party lines to get things done and who speaks his conscience regardless of the political consequences.
David Pozen is an associate professor of law, with research interests in several areas of public law and in nonprofit organizations. From 2010 to 2012, he served as special advisor to the U.S. Department of State’s Legal Adviser, Harold Hongju Koh. Previously, Pozen clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court (2009-2010) and for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2008-2009). From 2007 to 2008, Pozen served as special assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Affiliated and Related Faculty and Fellows
Sarah Cleveland is a noted expert in international law and the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations, with particular interests in the status of international law in U.S. domestic law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.
Sir Daniel Bethlehem, KCMG QC
Sir Daniel Bethlehem, KCMG QC Following a five year tenure as principal Legal Adviser of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FC), from May 2006 to May 2011, Daniel Bethlehem returned to private practice at the London Bar in September 2011 specializing in public international law. In this role, he acts as counsel and adviser, as well as sitting as arbitrator and on inquiry panels. Having practiced at the Bar from 1990 until his appointment to the FCO in 2006, Daniel has extensive advisory, litigation and arbitration experience representing States, international and non-governmental organizations, corporations and individuals on issues across the full breadth of public international law as well as aspects of European Union law and international and European human rights law.
Rebecca Ingber's research focuses on international law, national security, the laws of war, and executive branch decision-making. Her scholarship is informed by her practice in these fields, in particular her work in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on matters involving the law of armed conflict and national security, serving as the principal staff attorney for domestic and foreign litigation issues involving the law of armed conflict.
Vance Serchuk is Executive Director of the KKR Global Institute. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Serchuk served for six years as the senior national security advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut). In this capacity, he worked on a broad range of international issues, including comprehensive sanctions legislation, the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, and the U.S. response to the Arab Spring, traveling to over 60 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. From January to July 2013, he was a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow, based in Japan, and a regular columnist for the Washington Post. Mr. Serchuk is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, holds a JD from Yale Law School, and was a Fulbright scholar in the Russian Federation.
Daniel Richman is an expert in criminal procedure, evidence, and federal criminal law. He is the former Chief Appellate Attorney and Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He has served in an advisory capacity for the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, and as a peer reviewer for the National Institute of Justice.
Richard B. Zabel
Richard B. Zabel is currently the Chief of the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. From 1999 until 2009, prior to rejoining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Zabel was a partner at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where he was co-head of the firmwide litigation practice. His practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, SEC investigations, corporate internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and appeals.
David Raskin is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he worked on complicated terrorism cases. He will co-teach with Richard Zabel to offer a unique course that will expose students to myriad considerations that go into national security investigations and prosecutions.
Steven Shapiro is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's oldest and largest civil liberties organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First and the Policy Committee of Human Rights Watch, as well as the Advisory Committees of the U.S. Program and Asia Program of Human Rights Watch.
Lee Gelernt has been an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union since 1992 and currently holds the position of Deputy Director of the ACLU’s national Immigrants’ Rights Project, where he works on immigration and national security issues.
Michael W. Doyle
Michael W. Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science at Columbia Law School. Michael was the Assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001–2003, and he was appointed member and chair of the board of UNDEF (the UN Democracy Fund) for 2006 through 2013.
Gabor Rona is the International Legal Director of Human Rights First. He advises Human Rights First programs on questions of international law and coordinates international human rights litigation. He also represents Human Rights First with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the media and the public on matters of international human rights and international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict).