Steve Vladeck

Executive Editor

Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) holds the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law and is also a senior editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy; a contributing editor to the Lawfare blog; a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law; a fellow of the Fordham University School of Law Center on National Security; the Supreme Court Fellow for the Constitution Project; and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Steve’s prolific and award-winning scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review, among others. Steve has also published short-form writing in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal,, Slate, and BuzzFeed. Steve graduated from Amherst College and Yale Law School, after which he clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Eleventh Circuit. Steve is also on LinkedIn.

Areas of ExpertiseConstitutional Law, National Security Law, Federal Jurisdiction, International Criminal Law, Surveillance, Detention, Federal Courts, Military Commissions

Selected Media Appearances
Criticism Over Terror Suspect Killing – WUSA (9 News Now at 11)
Espionage Act and Whistle-Blowers – C-SPAN (Washington Journal)

Amnesty International: US drone strikes are ‘unlawful,’ demands victim reparations – KPCC (Airtalk)
Legal Questions Over Special Ops Raids– WBUR (Here & Now)
White House Issues New Rules on al Qaida Suspects – NPR (All Things Considered)

Massive NSA cellphone-tracking program snares some Americans, too 
The Christian Science Monitor 
Taking the “Meh” out of Metadata
The Best Evidence Yet That Government Surveillance Oversight Is Nowhere Near Adequate
It’s time to fix the FISA Court (the way Congress intended)

Articles by this author:

The House Closed a Key Loophole in Court-Martial Appeals. Will the Senate Follow?

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Jul 27th, 2023

Principles for a 2021 Authorization for Use of Military Force

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Mar 5th, 2021

Why Guantánamo Detainees Should Have Access to COVID Vaccines Part II: Federal Law and DoD Policies

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Feb 4th, 2021

Why Guantánamo Detainees Should Have Access to COVID Vaccines Part I: Law of Armed Conflict and Good Policy

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Feb 1st, 2021

Election Law Primer: What to Expect During and After the 2020 Election

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Nov 3rd, 2020

Good Governance Paper No. 7: Executive Branch Vacancies


Oct 22nd, 2020

All the President’s Lawsuits: Fraud, Defamation, and the Westfall Act

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Sep 25th, 2020

Just Security’s New Co-Editor-in-Chief


Jun 22nd, 2020

The Untold Power of Bill Barr to Direct US Military Forces in Case of “Civil Unrest”

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Jun 9th, 2020

Why the 2002 AUMF Does Not Apply to Iran

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Jan 9th, 2020

The Launch of Just Security’s Advisory Board

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Nov 1st, 2019

Welcoming Joshua Geltzer as a New Executive Editor at Just Security

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Oct 31st, 2019

Why the Fight for the Supreme Court Became So Ugly

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May 21st, 2019

Al-Nashiri III: A No Good, Very Bad Day for U.S. Military Commissions


Apr 16th, 2019

Q&A: Does an Assange Prosecution Pose a Threat to Freedom of the Press?

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Apr 11th, 2019

A Test Case for Post-Criminal Terrorism Detention


Mar 26th, 2019

About that Trial Balloon on Using 9/11 AUMF to Authorize Strikes on Iran

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Feb 21st, 2019

Unpacking (Some of) the Legal Issues Surrounding Hoda Muthana


Feb 20th, 2019

Welcome Tess Bridgeman as Senior Editor of Just Security

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Jan 2nd, 2019

MBS and the Torture Victims Protection Act–His travel to the United States may no longer be an option


Oct 17th, 2018

Andy Wright Becomes Senior Fellow at Just Security

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Jul 26th, 2018

OLC’s Formal (and Remarkably Broad) Defense of the April Syria Strikes


Jun 1st, 2018

The Confusing and Confused New Attack on the Constitutionality of the Special Counsel’s Investigation


May 24th, 2018

What the Heck is Happening in Al-Nashiri?: The Ten-Layer Dip at the Heart of the Latest Guantánamo Mess


May 11th, 2018

Gina Haspel and the Elusive Shadow of CIA Torture: A Response to Ben Wittes


May 9th, 2018

Two (Premature) Cheers for Doe v. Mattis


May 8th, 2018

The Haspel Nomination as a Referendum on (Un-)Accountability


May 7th, 2018

Can the Presidency Trump a Special Counsel Subpoena?

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May 2nd, 2018

Episode 64 of the National Security Law Podcast: Beware the Ides of CFIUS!


Mar 16th, 2018

More Trouble for Undocumented Immigrants and the Suspension Clause


Mar 14th, 2018

Episode 63 of the National Security Law Podcast: Mueller Is the Only Vulcan in the Room


Mar 12th, 2018

Episode 62 of the National Security Law Podcast: Wait–We Have to Talk About GATT?!?


Mar 5th, 2018

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