Terrific Opportunity for Students and Recent Grads Interested in Learning More about National Security and the Law

By Robert Chesney
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11:49 PM

I want to draw attention to a remarkable opportunity for students interested in national security and the law: the Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Law and National Security, which will take place at Columbia Law from July 31 to Aug 9 (full disclosure: Jack is one of the primary faculty for the Institute, and I'm one of the guest speakers).  Here are the particulars:

The Tikvah Fund and the Hertog Foundation, two private foundations, are sponsoring the Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Law and National Security, which will take place under the auspices of Columbia Law School from July 31 to August 9.  The Institute will offer 20 to 25 law and other graduate students an intensive program of study and discussion focusing on the complex intersection of two fundamental Western principles: the need for national security and adherence to the rule of law.  The Institute’s website is at www.tikvahlaw.org. ...

The program will be led by Philip Bobbitt of Columbia.  The other core faculty members will be Jack Goldsmith of Harvard, Sam Rascoff of NYU, and Gabriella Blum of Harvard.  Students will spend each morning with core faculty studying texts on the issues of domestic and international law that arise when a liberal society faces heightened threats to its national security. 

In the afternoons, students and core faculty will be joined by an extremely interesting group of outside scholars and policymakers, whose names appear on the website, for further discussion of the issues raised in the morning sessions.

The program is open to law students, including those who are about to enter or have just graduated from law school, and to graduate students in related fields.  Students will be provided with meals and lodging at Columbia Law School.  The program is free, and each student who is accepted will receive a stipend of $1,000.

In sum, the Institute will provide an excellent experience and a good deal for those students who are up to the program’s demands.