2012 Election Experts: Foreign Policy and National Security


Kenneth Anderson – professor of law

Expertise: terrorism, national security, international business and finance

Kenneth Anderson teaches and writes in the areas of domestic and international business and finance, law and economics, public international law, international organizations, human rights, and the laws of war. His current research agenda focuses on targeted killing and drone warfare in armed conflict, and robotics and the law generally, global governance, global civil society and legitimacy, financial regulation reform (with Steven L. Schwarcz),  and concept of proportionality in the law of war, the philosophy of value, and cost-benefit analysis.  An editorial board member of the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence and political sciences advisory editor to the Revista de Libros (Madrid), Professor Anderson actively blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and the international law blog Opinio Juris. He is a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, Revista de Libros, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Times Magazine, Financial Times, Policy Review, and other general interest reviews.


Anna Gelpern  - professor of law

Expertise: international finance, the international debt crisis

Professor Gelpern’s research explores the legal and policy implications of international capital flows. She has contributed to international initiatives on financial reform and sovereign borrowing, most recently as part of the Second Warwick Commission and as an expert for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Before joining the law school faculty, Gelpern was an Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs. She was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2002-2003. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Gelpern served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier she practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and London. Professor Gelpern has taught International Finance, Contracts, Commercial Law, Financial Institutions and International Law, and currently serves as Chair of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services Section of the Association of American Law Schools.


Daniel Marcus - fellow in law and government

Expertise: terrorism, national security

Prior to joining the law school faculty, Daniel Marcus was general counsel of the 9/11 Commission. He is also a former partner of the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.  During the Carter Administration, Marcus was deputy general counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and general counsel of the Department of Agriculture.  He returned to government service in 1998 as senior counsel in the White House Counsel's office.  From 1999 to 2001 he held several senior positions at the Department of Justice, including associate attorney general. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and also a law clerk for Judge Harold Leventhal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Stephen I. Vladeck - professor of law and associate dean for scholarship

Expertise: national security, detention of terrorism suspects

Stephen Vladeck’s teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, national security law, constitutional law (especially the separation of powers), and international criminal law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and has co-authored amicus briefs in a host of other lawsuits challenging the U.S. government’s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects. Vladeck has also drafted reports on related issues for a number of organizations, including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and he is a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy.


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