Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Chesney - "CYBERCOM and the Law of Military Operations in Cyberspace"

Thursday, April 4, 2019, Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall, 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Professor Chesney will address the sweeping legal and policy changes that have taken place in recent years as Cyber Command has come into its own. From “defending forward” and “persistent engagement” to the latest National Defense Authorization Act, we are in the midst of a transition with significant implications for national security and international relations.

Robert Chesney's Bio

Bobby Chesney is the James Baker Chair at the University of Texas School of Law, where he also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Separately, he serves UT as Director of its campus-wide Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. The Strauss Center is an interdisciplinary unit designed to bring different parts of the university together to further education and policy-relevant research relating to pressing national security and foreign affairs challenges. One of its key current projects is the Integrated Cybersecurity Studies program, which promotes transdisciplinary cross-training for graduate students interested in cybersecurity. Under that heading, he has developed and teaches a pioneering course integrating the legal and policy aspects of the subject.

Professor Chesney’s other teaching and scholarship cover an array of national security topics. Currently, he is completing the manuscript of Terrorism, Law, and the Coercive Power of the State, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Professor Chesney previously served as a member of the Director of National Intelligence’s Advance Technology Board and as an associate member of the DNI’s Intelligence Science Board, as well as a member of the President’s Detention Policy Task Force. He is one of the three co-founders of Lawfare and writes there each week. He also co-hosts the National Security Law Podcast.

Professor Chesney can be reached at and is on Twitter as @bobbychesney. You can hear him each week, debating the latest national security law developments, at the National Security Law Podcast.

Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

Bobby Chesney