Lawfare Resources for Teachers and Students

Whether you are a teacher looking for materials you can use in your class, a student looking to go beyond your class, or for that matter anyone who simply wants to learn more about national security and law, we are here to help. Below you will find the first installment of what we hope becomes a robust set of free educational resources, including especially electronic casebooks, covering a range of topics.

Are you a teacher interested in adding your materials to this page? Write to [email protected] with the subject line "Submission" and the educational resources you would like to submit attached, and we'll take a look.

1. Cybersecurity (last updated April 28, 2020)


Robert Chesney, Cybersecurity Law, Policy and Institutions

Bobby Chesney’s interdisciplinary “eCasebook” is designed from the ground up to reflect the intertwined nature of the legal and policy questions associated with cybersecurity. The aim is to help the reader understand the nature and functions of the various government and private-sector actors associated with cyber-security in the United States, the policy goals they pursue, the issues and challenges they face, and the legal environment in which all of this takes place. It is designed to be accessible for beginners from any disciplinary background, yet useful to experienced audiences too. The first part of the book focuses on the “defensive” perspective (meaning that the casebook will assume an overarching policy goal of minimizing unauthorized access to or disruption of computer systems). The second part focuses on the “offensive” perspective (meaning that there are contexts in which unauthorized access or disruption might actually be desirable as a matter of policy). In short, the book is a guided tour of the broad cybersecurity landscape, suitable both for classroom use and for independent study. Chesney extends special thanks to the Hewlett Foundation for its support to his work, and that of the Strauss Center at UT-Austin, in this area.

Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to send comments to [email protected].

1. Current version

Version 3.0 is posted here. Note that this link will take you to Chesney’s Social Science Research Network page for the book, which is where the most-recent iteration always appears.

2. Archived versions

Version 2.0 (circa December 2018, and styled as a syllabus/primer) is here.

We have not posted version 1.0, as it was little more than a long syllabus, but you can read about the original concept behind it here.