Constitutional Analysis and the Wars on Terror

The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism

April 7, 2010
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Phillip C. Bobbitt ‘71Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University
Author of Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (Knopf, 2008)

This very special annual lecture celebrates the work of the late Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, Princeton University, and his dedication to excellence in the study of American and comparative constitutional law theory.  A decade after joining the Princeton faculty, Professor Murphy was named the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, succeeding Woodrow Wilson, Edward S. Corwin, and Alpheus T. Mason in one of the Nation's most prestigious Chairs. 

Philip Bobbitt is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University. He also serves as Senior Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.  He has published seven books: Tragic Choices (with Judge Guido Calabresi) (1978), Constitutional Fate (1982), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Sir Lawrence Freedman and Dr. Gregory Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Interpretation (1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History ( 2002), and most recently, Terror and Consent (2008).   He has served as Associate Counsel to the President of the US, the Counselor on International Law at the US State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence Programmes, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the US National Security Council. He currently serves as a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government.  Professor Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Constitutional Analysis and the Wars on Terror


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Cosponsored by:

  • The Bouton Law Lecture Fund