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

The National Security Law Workshop entered its 8th year in 2015. This acclaimed event takes place each May, now under the joint sponsorship of the Strauss Center, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, and the South Texas College of Law. Pioneered by Professors Bobby Chesney of UT and Geoff Corn of South Texas, the event annually 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.


  • May 14-15, 2015: The event took place in Houston at the South Texas College of Law. More information on the event, including the call for papers, can be found here.
  • May 15-16, 2014: The event took place at the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. More information can be accessed here.
  • Spring 2014: In light of the Strauss Center's strong connections to the School of Law at UT, other opportunities to advance the study of national security law issues arise frequently. In spring 2014, the Strauss Center co-sponsored the Texas International Law Journal's symposium, "Intangible Weaponry & Invisible Enemies: Applying International Law to Cyber Warfare."


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.



The Robert S. 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 for the next ten years, the Mike Lewis Prize—in the amount of $1,000—will be awarded to the author of an outstanding national security law article.

To learn more, please see the main Mike Lewis Prize page.