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Philip C. Bobbitt

  • Distinguished Senior Lecturer



  • Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (New York: Knopf, 2008).
  • The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (New York: Knopf, 2002).
  • Constitutional Interpretation (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991).
  • U.S. Nuclear Strategy: A Reader (New York: New York University Press, 1989; Basingstoke, U.K.: Macmillan, 1987) (editor, with Lawrence Freedman & Gregory Treverton).
  • Democracy and Deterrence: The History and Future of Nuclear Strategy (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988).
  • U.S. Nuclear Strategy: The Problem of Extended Deterrence (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oxford, 1983).
  • Constitutional Fate: Theory of the Constitution (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982).
  • Tragic Choices (New York: Norton, 1978) (with Guido Calabresi).


  • 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.
  • The New Mask of Terrorism, 2009 Defining Ideas 143 (2009).
  • Questions of Security, New York Times, September 10, 2008 at A25 (with John C. Danforth).
  • Are We Over-Lawyering International Affairs? [2006 National Lawyer's Convention], 11 Chapman Law Review 409 (2008) (with John D. Hutson, John C. Yoo, Philip D. Zelikow, & Hon. Edwin D. Williamson).
  • Why We Listen, New York Times, Jan. 30, 2006, at A27.
  • Waging War Against Terror: An Essay for Sandy Levinson, 40 Georgia Law Review 753 (2006).
  • How to Ruin a Constitution, Guardian Weekly, Sept. 2-8, 2005, at 3.
  • Facing Jihad, Recalling the Blitz, New York Times, July 10, 2005, ยง4, at 12.
  • Euro Visions, Guardian Weekly, June 3, 2005, at 17 (with others).
  • American Exceptionalism: The Exception Proves the Rule, 3 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 328 (2005).
  • Bush, An Optimistic View, The Guardian (London), Nov. 6, 2004, at 24.
  • How Proof Became a Burden: Saddam's Intentions Had to Be Part of the Spook's Judgment Call, The Guardian, Oct. 8, 2004, at 28.
  • Being Clear About Present Dangers, New York Times, Aug. 11, 2004, at A19.
  • Aides-Memoire: Clinton's Autobiography is Out on Tuesday, Financial Times of London, June 19, 2004, at 24 (with others).
  • Better Than Empire, Financial Times of London, Mar. 13-14, 2004, at W1.
  • Seeing the Futures, New York Times, Dec. 8, 2003, at A31.
  • Spooks and Spin Doctors, The Guardian, July 2, 2003, at 19.
  • United States Security for a New World: A Reply to Charles Pena, openDemocracy, May 29, 2003, <>.
  • Today's War Is Against Tomorrow's Iraq, New York Times, Mar. 10, 2003, at A19.
  • Is Regime Change in Iraq Necessary? Philip Bobbitt vs. Robert Skidelsky, The Prospect, Feb. 2003, at 18 (with Robert Skidelsky).
  • Marketing the Future of the State, The New Statesman, Jan. 17, 2003.
  • Why the US and the UK Are Right to Target Iraq, The Times (London), Jan. 10, 2003, Features, at 22.
  • For Eugene Rostow [Tributes], 113 Yale Law Journal 1 (2003).
  • The Archbishop is Right: The Nation-State is Dying, The Times (London), Dec. 27, 2002, Features, at 22.
  • Get Ready for the Next Long War, Time, Sept. 9, 2002, at 84.
  • 'I Too Slept Among Our Dead,' 34 National Journal 2485 (Aug. 31, 2002).
  • For My Friend [Tributes to Charles L. Black, Jr.], 111 Yale Law Journal 1915 (2002).
  • Youngstown: Pages from the Book of Disquietude, 19 Constitutional Commentary 3 (2002).
  • Mark Tushnet: The Right Questions [Symposium: A Celebration of the Work of Mark Tushnet], 90 Georgetown Law Journal 223 (2001).
  • An Amended Administration, Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2000, at A21 (with Stuart Taylor, Jr.).
  • Critical National Infrastructure, 1998 Philosophical Society of Texas Proceedings 102 (2000).
  • An Open Letter to Congressman Gingrich, 105 Yale Law Journal 1539 (1996) (with Douglas Laycock, Sanford Levinson et al.).
  • Dear Newt: "Supermajority" Goes Too Far, Legal Times, Jan. 9, 1995, at 10 (with Douglas Laycock, Sanford Levinson et al.).
  • Parlor Game, 12 Constitutional Commentary 151 (1995). [Reprinted in Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragedies (William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Sanford Levinson eds.; New York: New York University Press, 1998).]
  • War Powers: An Essay on John Hart Ely's War and Responsibility: Constitutional Lessons of Vietnam and Its Aftermath, 92 Michigan Law Review 1364 (1994).
  • Reflections Inspired by My Critics, 72 Texas Law Review 1869 (1994).
  • The Third Man, 62 University of Colorado Law Review 415 (1992).
  • The Committee on the Constitution System Proposals: Coherence and Dominance, 30 William & Mary Law Review 403 (1989).
  • Methods of Constitutional Argument, 23 University of British Columbia Law Review 449 (1989).
  • Lessons of the Iran-Contra Affair, Update on Law-Related Education, Mar. 22, 1988, at 40.
  • A Reply to Professor Ball, 59 Texas Law Review 829 (1981).
  • Constitutional Fate, 58 Texas Law Review 695 (1980).


  • Our Approval Ratings Are Way Down, New York Times Book Review, Apr. 4, 2004, at 11 (reviewing Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies, by Ian Buruma & Avishai Margalit, and Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History, by Lee Harris).
  • Red, White, and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law, by Mark Tushnet, 41 Stanford Law Review 1233 (1989).


  • Public International Law, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory 103 (2nd ed.; Dennis Patterson ed.; Chichester, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
  • Constitutional Law and Interpretation, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory 132 (2nd ed.; Dennis Patterson ed.; Chichester, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
  • The Constitutional Canon, in Legal Canons 400 (Sanford Levinson & J.M. Balkin eds.; New York: New York University Press, 2000).
  • What it Means to Follow a Rule of Law, in Rules and Reasoning: Essays in Honour of Fred Schauer 55 (Linda Meyer ed.; Oxford: Hart Publishing, 1999).
  • Constitutional Interpretation, in Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Law & Legal Theory (Dennis Patterson ed.; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996).
  • International Law, in Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Law & Legal Theory (Dennis Patterson ed.; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996).
  • Constitutional Interpretation, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 183 (Kermit L. Hall ed.; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).
  • Covert Action in a Democratic Society, in Senate Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran: Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair 375 (H.R. Doc. No. 433, 100th Cong., 2d Sess., 1987).
  • The Ethic of Nuclear Deterrence, in Political Realism and International Morality: Ethics in the Nuclear Age 109 (Kenneth Kipnis & Diana T. Meyers eds.; Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1987).
  • Deterrence and American National Security, in Power and Policy in Quest of Law: Essays in Honor of Eugene Victor Rostow, 317 (Meyers S. McDougal & W. Michael Reisman eds.; Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1985).

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