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 also strongly encourage interested law students to email us to state their interest so that we can keep you posted on relevant events and opportunities.

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.


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


10th Annual National Security Law Workshop

October 10, 2019 | ALL DAY | JAG Legal Center and School, Charlottesville VA

On October 10-11, 2019, the Strauss Center is pleased to co-sponsor the 10th Annual National Security Law Workshop. The National Security Law Workshop is an annual conference that brings together military lawyers, government lawyers, civilian…

National Security Career Event

September 10, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

The National Security Career Event on September 10, 2019, will have representatives from U.S. military, intelligence, and national security agencies that will be available to students to discuss internship, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities. Confirmed…


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.