Mission

Founded in 2003, the Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute at NYU School of Law.  We are focused on cultivating an informed dialogue, educating the next generation of leaders, and conducting groundbreaking research on the most important national security, strategic, and legal questions of the post-9/11 era.

Led by its Faculty Director, Professor Samuel Rascoff, and its Executive Director, Zachary Goldman, the Center engages in innovative research that elevates and advances the public dialogue about national security law and policy issues, and informs the policy-making process by engaging key stakeholders. The Center focuses on key national security law challenges in the second decade after 9/11: the activities and oversight of intelligence services; the law and strategy of counterterrorism; cybersecurity; financial sanctions and economic statecraft; and the security implications of new payment technologies.

Across all areas of its work the Center seeks to understand and illuminate the relationship between national security law and national security strategy and place American frameworks in their global context. Through its publications, conferences, and events, the Center endeavors to make our national security policies more effective, legitimate, and sustainable.

The Center engages in a range of activities in pursuit of its mission.  Those activities include:

Public events, conferences, and workshops, which bring together experts in national security, law, foreign policy, and military affairs to provide solutions to the most the critical policy challenges of our time.

Private roundtables and policy groups for national security experts, and practitioners, which foster in-depth analysis of cutting-edge issues

Fellowships for experts from a wide range of fields related to national security law and national security strategy. The Center’s fellows include accomplished scholars, officials, judges, journalists, and practitioners who offer their expertise, pursue projects, and teach at NYU School of Law. The Center’s fellows enrich the public understanding of national security law and strategy and  offer unparalleled academic opportunities to students at NYU Law.

Academic Programs for students at NYU School of Law, which afford them a range of opportunities to gain direct exposure to cutting-edge questions of national security law and strategy.