Ryan Goodman


Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) is founding co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. He is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. He served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-16).

Ryan is also a Professor of Politics and Professor of Sociology at NYU. He was the inaugural Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. from Yale University, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the US Naval War College’s Board of Advisers for International Law Studies, a Distinguished Fellow at the National Institute of Military Justice, and a former member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.

Areas of Expertise: National Security Law, International Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Use of Force, Human Rights Law.


Articles by this author:

The Absence of “The Donald”

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Dec 6th, 2021

January 6 Clearinghouse

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Dec 3rd, 2021

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

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Nov 30th, 2021

Centcom’s Full Statement on Baghuz Strike: Annotated


Nov 22nd, 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

Modern History of Disclosure of Presidential Records: On the Boundaries of “Executive Privilege”

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Sep 30th, 2021

Announcing a Partnership With Oxford University Press

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Sep 20th, 2021

Video: Roads Not Taken – Reflections on the 9/11 Anniversary

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Sep 14th, 2021

Questions to Investigate U.S. Drone Strike in Kabul: An Alleged Killing of 10 Civilians

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Sep 13th, 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

GAO Faults DHS for Failing to Designate Jan. 6 as a Protected Event in Advance of Attack

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Aug 10th, 2021

Mark Meadows Timeline: The Chief of Staff and Schemes to Overturn 2020 Election

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Aug 8th, 2021

Questions the January 6 Select Committee Should Ask Its Witnesses

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Jul 26th, 2021

What the US Government Brief Should Have Said in Al-Hela: On Guantanamo and Due Process


Jul 12th, 2021

How to Read the Weisselberg and Trump Entities Indictment: A Conversation with Andrew Weissmann

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Jul 9th, 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

Questions for FBI Director Wray About the January 6 Attack

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Jun 14th, 2021

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