Matthew Waxman

Columbia Law School

Professor and Chair

Matthew Waxman is Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he is also the faculty co-chair of the Roger Hertog Program in Law and National Security. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law.

Professor Waxman previously served at the U.S. Department of State, as Principal Deputy Director of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. His prior government appointments included Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director for Contingency Planning & International Justice at the National Security Council, and special assistant to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Waxman worked as a defense analyst at RAND. Professor Waxman is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and studied international relations as a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom. After law school, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joel M. Flaum.

Professor Waxman’s recent publications on law, security, and technology include Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapon Systems (Hoover Institution, 2013) (with Kenneth Anderson), Cyber-Attacks and the Use of Force: Back to the Future of Article 2(4) (Yale Journal of International Law, 2011), and Self-Defensive Force Against Cyber Attacks: Legal, Strategic and Political Dimensions (U.S. Naval War College, 2013). These and other select publications are available here. His commentary in that area includes Killer Robots and the Laws of War (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4, 2013), NYPD’s Powers of Threat Perception (Council on Foreign Relations, Aug. 9, 2012), Why a Cybersecurity Treaty is a Pipe Dream, (CNN online, Oct. 26, 2011) (with Adam Segal). He also writes regularly on these issues for the Lawfare blog.

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