Professor Philip Bobbitt
Professor Philip Bobbitt is one of the US’s leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt’s interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. He has published eight books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (Norton, 1978),Constitutional Fate (Oxford, 1982),Democracy and Deterrence (Macmillans, 1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (St. Martin’s, 1989),Constitutional Interpretation (Blackwell, 1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002), Terror and Consent (Knopf, 2008), and most recently The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made (Atlantic, 2013).
Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). He is a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government. He has served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly (2 Cir.), Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council.
He is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas and Professor of Law at Swansea University. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.
For the Fall term 2005, he was the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. For the Spring term 2007, he was the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. And for the Fall Term 2014, he was Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School.