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Philip C. Bobbitt

  • Distinguished Senior Lecturer


  • PhD Oxford
  • JD Yale
  • AB Princeton

Areas of Specialty

One of the nation'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 six books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (1978), Constitutional Fate (1982), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Interpretation (1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002) and, most recently, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (Knopf, 2008).

Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Club of Madrid. 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, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. 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 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. Formerly the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair at the Law School, Professor Bobbitt now holds a chair at the Columbia Law School, though he remains a Senior Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.

Recent Publications

  • The Age of Consent, 123 Yale Law Journal 2334 (2014).
  • Inter arma enim non silent leges, 45 Suffolk University Law Review 253 (2012).
  • The New Rules of Engagement: Nine Imperatives for Our Post-9/11 World, Newsweek, January 11, 2010, at 43.

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Philip C. Bobbitt

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The University of Texas at Austin
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Austin, TX 78705

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