Deborah Pearlstein (@DebPearlstein) is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at Cardozo Law School, where she teaches constitutional law, international law, and national security law. Her work on national security and the separation of powers has appeared widely in law journals and the popular press, including in the law reviews of the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgetown, and Texas, as well as in Slate, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. A leading national voice on law and counterterrorism, Pearlstein has repeatedly testified before Congress on topics from military commissions to presidential power. Before joining academia, Pearlstein served as the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First, where she led the organization’s efforts in research, litigation and advocacy surrounding U.S. detention and interrogation operations. In 2021, she was appointed to a U.S. State Department Advisory Committee that works to help ensure the timely declassification and publication of government records surrounding major events in U.S. foreign policy. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Pearlstein clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also on LinkedIn.
Articles by this author:
Montana is Trying to Ban TikTok. What Does the First Amendment Have to Say?
by Deborah Pearlstein and John Dellamore
May 4th, 2023
Should We Worry that the President Called Putin a “War Criminal” Out Loud?
Apr 8th, 2022
For Facebook’s Sake: Getting Conversant with Human Rights
Jun 10th, 2021
Preparing the Public for a Contested Election
Jul 14th, 2020
We Badly Need Congress to Act. We Don’t Need Congress to Act in Person.
Mar 23rd, 2020
About Those Constitutional Norms, Mr. Attorney General
Nov 21st, 2019
Unpacking DOJ’s New Claim that DHS Can Legally Detain Migrant Children with Their Parents for Longer than Twenty Days
by Marty Lederman, Deborah Pearlstein and Ryan Goodman
Jul 6th, 2018
Child Separation in the Courts
Jun 29th, 2018
The Test Case for Presidential War Power: North Korea and Trump
Aug 15th, 2017
al Warafi’s active hostilities
May 28th, 2015