• Director and Charles I. Francis Professor in Law

Robert M. Chesney

Bobby Chesney is the Director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Law. 

Professor Chesney’s scholarship concerns the legal architecture that regulates the U.S. government’s national security policies, institutions and activities, with a particular emphasis on the disruptive impact of technological and strategic change over time. He teaches an array of courses including National Security Law, Constitutional Law, and the History of U.S. Counterterrorism Law and Policy (1970 to present). He is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the American Law Institute, and a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy. He previously served as a member of the Director of National Intelligence’s Advance Technology Board, and as an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board. In 2009, he served as an advisor to the President’s Detention Policy Task Force, which was charged with developing long-term policy options in relation to the capture, detention, trial, or other disposition of persons in the context of combat and counterterrorism operations. He is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard Law School and Texas Christian University.