National Security Law Studies

Exploring pressing national security issues

About the Program

The Strauss Center engages in a number of activities related to the national security law program.

The University of Texas School of Law has one of the nation’s premier national security law programs, and the Strauss Center plays a key role in sustaining and enriching it. Law students (current and prospective) interested in this area should contact our director, Professor Bobby Chesney, for guidance.  We encourage interested law students to apply as an "Affiliate" and subscribe to the National Security Law program to receive relevant information and opportunities.

As you will see below, our National Security Law Studies program has many dimensions.  Read on to learn about our “National Security Law Lectures” project (in partnership with Columbia University), the courses we sponsor, the National Security Law Podcast, the National Security Law Workshop, our events, and the Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship!

National Security Law Lectures

In partnership with the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School, the Strauss Center is pleased to present an ongoing series of national security law lectures. Matthew Waxman of Columbia, and the Strauss Center’s Director Bobby Chesney, present on a variety of issues in the national security law field.


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Constitutional Law I

Robert Chesney  |   Fall 2021

Criminal Law I

Derek Jinks  |   Spring 2022

Federal Courts

Stephen Vladeck  |   Spring 2022

US Environmental Law

David Adelman  |   Fall 2020

The National Security Law Podcast

Launched in the spring of 2017, the NSL Podcast is a weekly review of the latest legal controversies associated with the U.S. government’s national security activities and institutions, featuring Professors Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas at Austin. They bring different perspectives to these issues, but always in a friendly spirit. The program is fast-paced but detail-rich, and is meant for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. If you’ve been looking for a thoughtful yet enjoyable way to keep up with and better understand these issues, this is the show for you.


National Security Law Podcast

National Security Law Workshop

The National Security Law Workshop began in 2008 and is jointly sponsored by Strauss Center, International Committee of the Red Cross, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, and South Texas College of Law. Pioneered by Professors Bobby Chesney of UT and Geoff Corn of South Texas, the acclaimed event assembles a collection of several dozen civilian and military lawyers in a blended-format workshop including paper presentations and roundtable discussions on hot topics. Participation is determined by a combination of a call-for-papers and through competitive application for spots as discussants and general participants.


Congressman McCaul 9/14/21

CANCELLED – A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul on Semiconductors and National Security

September 14, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | LBJ Plaza, LBJ School of Public Affairs

“A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul on Semiconductors and National Security,” initially scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th, will be postponed until a later date. Please stay tuned for the rescheduled event!  Biography Congressman Michael T….

Afghanistan panel 9/9/21

Our War in Afghanistan: Recollection, Consequence, and Opportunity

September 9, 2021 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | LBJ Plaza, LBJ School of Public Affairs

On September 9, the Strauss Center, Clements Center for National Security, and the Intelligence Studies Project hosted “Our War in Afghanistan: Recollection, Consequence, and Opportunity,” a panel discussion featuring Paul Edgar, Associate Director at the Clements…

The Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship

The Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law (ONU), in consultation with the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on National Security Law, have established the Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship. The prize honors Professor Mike Lewis of ONU, a much-loved colleague and prolific scholar who passed away in 2015.

Each year, the Mike Lewis Prize—in the amount of $1,000—will be awarded to the author of an outstanding national security law article.