Tess Bridgeman


Dr. Tess Bridgeman (@bridgewriter) is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security. She served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Associate Counsel to the President, and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (NSC) during the Obama administration. She also served at the State Department in the Office of the Legal Adviser as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser and, prior to that role, as an Attorney Adviser in the Office of Political-Military Affairs.

Bridgeman is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar at NYU Law School’s Reiss Center on Law and Security, where she created the War Powers Resolution Reporting Project. She serves on the American Society of International Law’s Strategic Initiatives Committee, is an affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), lectures at Berkeley Law, and is on the board of the Women’s Foundation California and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Bridgeman has a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar; a JD from NYU Law School, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, which she attended as a Root-Tilden-Kern and Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar; and a BA from Stanford University.

Articles by this author:

Still at War: The United States in Syria

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Apr 29th, 2022

A Warm Welcome to Just Security’s New Editorial Board Members!

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Apr 12th, 2022

Introduction to Symposium: Still at War – Where and Why the United States is Fighting the “War on Terror”

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Mar 24th, 2022

The Good Governance Papers: A “Report Card” Wrap-Up of 2022 Updates

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Mar 1st, 2022

The Al-Qurayshi Operation and Minimization of Civilian Casualties

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Feb 3rd, 2022

Biden Team Gets It Right on Inadmissibility of Torture Evidence in Al-Nashiri Case


Feb 1st, 2022

2022 Update: Good Governance Paper No. 14: War Powers Reform

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Jan 21st, 2022

The Good Governance Papers: A January 2022 “Report Card” Update

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Jan 20th, 2022

A Rare Public Wake-Up Call from the ICRC on Guantanamo Transfers


Jan 20th, 2022

Holiday Giving: Please Support Just Security with a Tax-Deductible Donation

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Dec 22nd, 2021

Giving Tuesday: Please Support Just Security with a Tax-Deductible Donation

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Nov 30th, 2021

Litigation Tracker: Major Decisions Facing the Biden Administration

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Nov 19th, 2021

Welcome Just Security’s New Managing Editor, Megan Corrarino

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Nov 16th, 2021

Questions on the Baghuz Strikes

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Nov 15th, 2021

Brianna Rosen Joins Just Security as Senior Fellow

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Nov 1st, 2021

What Comes Next After a Guantanamo Detainee’s Habeas Win


Oct 21st, 2021

Announcing a Partnership With Oxford University Press

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Sep 20th, 2021

Paradigm Shift: The Consequences of Choosing a War Path, and Leaving It


Sep 11th, 2021

Introduction to Symposium: How Perpetual War Has Changed Us — Reflections on the Anniversary of 9/11

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Sep 7th, 2021

Expert Backgrounder: Recognition and the Taliban

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Aug 17th, 2021

A Giant Step Forward for War Powers Reform

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Jul 20th, 2021

Five Senators Threaten to Derail Repeal of 2002 AUMF: Why Their Timing and Claims Are So Wrong

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Jun 22nd, 2021

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