Kristen Eichensehr

Member, Board of Editors

Kristen Eichensehr (@K_Eichensehr) is the Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor and Director of the National Security Law Center at the University of Virginia School of Law. She writes and teaches about cybersecurity, foreign relations, international law and national security law. Her work has addressed, among other issues, the attribution of state-sponsored cyberattacks, the important roles that private parties play in cybersecurity, the constitutional allocation of powers between the president and Congress in foreign relations, and the role of foreign sovereign amici in the Supreme Court. She received the 2018 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship for her article, “Courts, Congress, and the Conduct of Foreign Relations.”

Eichensehr is a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Forum on Cyber Resilience. She serves on the editorial boards of Just Security and the Journal of National Security Law & Policy and previously edited the American Journal of International Law’s section on Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law. She is a faculty senior fellow that the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, as well as an affiliate of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and Stanford Law’s Center for Internet and Society.

Eichensehr clerked for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She also served as special assistant to the legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State and practiced at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

Articles by this author:

National Security Creep in Cross-Border Investments

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Sep 13th, 2022

Friction, Framing & U.S. Cybersecurity-Related Actions Against Russia


Apr 7th, 2022

SolarWinds: Accountability, Attribution, and Advancing the Ball


Apr 16th, 2021

“Strategic Silence” and State-Sponsored Hacking: The US Gov’t and SolarWinds


Dec 18th, 2020

Cyberattack Attribution and International Law


Jul 24th, 2020

Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection

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Aug 20th, 2019

Cyberattack Attribution and the Virtues of Decentralization


Jul 3rd, 2019

What to Do with Vetoed Bills


Mar 27th, 2019

Microsoft, Ireland, and the Rest of the World


Feb 21st, 2018

Introducing Just Security’s Symposium on United States v. Microsoft

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Feb 15th, 2018

Three Questions on the WannaCry Attribution to North Korea


Dec 20th, 2017

Would the United States Be Responsible for Private Hacking?


Oct 17th, 2017

Political Parties as Critical Infrastructure?


Jun 22nd, 2017

Will Election Hacking Split NATO?


Mar 13th, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Attribution Message on Russian Hacking—and How to Counter It


Jan 10th, 2017

White House Retaliation for Russian Hacking


Dec 29th, 2016

The Economic Incentives for International Cybersecurity Coordination


Dec 6th, 2016

Cybersecurity, Elections, and Critical Infrastructure at Home and Abroad


Aug 4th, 2016

Giving Up on Cybersecurity — Strategically


Jun 6th, 2016

Deterrence by Indictment?


Mar 24th, 2016

Security and the Internet of Things


Feb 11th, 2016

“Your Account May Have Been Targeted by State-Sponsored Actors”: Attribution and Evidence of State-Sponsored Cyberattacks


Jan 11th, 2016

The Supreme Court’s Foreign “Friends”


Nov 3rd, 2015

The US-China Cyber Agreement: What’s In and What’s Out


Sep 28th, 2015