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Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges

Director: Oona A. Hathaway,
Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law

The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges is an independent Center that promotes the understanding of international law, national security law, and foreign affairs law. The Center aims to bridge the divide between the legal academy and legal practice by connecting the legal academy to public and private sector actors responsible for addressing international legal challenges. In the process, the Center aims to promote greater understanding of legal issues of global importance—encouraging the legal academy to better grasp the real legal challenges faced by practitioners and encouraging those practitioners to draw upon the expertise available within the legal academy. In the process, the Center aims to grow a new generation of lawyers with a sense of their capacity and responsibility to use international law, foreign affairs law, and national security law to address real challenges facing the nation.


Oona Hathaway,
Director


Scott Shapiro,
Faculty Affiliate


David Grewal,
Faculty Associate

News from the Center

April 24, 2014

National Security Lawyering Class Meets With D.C. Policymakers

Students in Professors Harold Hongju Koh and Oona Hathaway’s National Security Lawyering class recently took a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with officials, policymakers, and lawyers in various executive and legislative bodies to present their findings from a semester’s worth of study into deep questions on pressing national security issues. 
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December 9, 2013

Beware an Unchecked President—A Commentary by Oona A. Hathaway 97 and Jacob S. Hacker

Oona A. Hathaway '97 is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. Jacob S. Hacker is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.
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September 5, 2013

Faculty Commentary: Yale Law Professors Weigh in on Syria Debate

A roundup of commentaries and interviews about Syria from Yale Law School faculty members.
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September 4, 2013

On Syria, a U.N. Vote Isn’t Optional—A Commentary by Oona A. Hathaway ’97 and Scott J. Shapiro ’90

Oona A. Hathaway '97 is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. Scott Shapiro '90 is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School.
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August 28, 2013

The U.S. shouldn’t break the law by attacking Syria—A Commentary by Oona A. Hathaway ’97 and Scott J. Shapiro ’90

Oona A. Hathaway '97 is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. Scott Shapiro '90 is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School.
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July 31, 2011

Our Unbalanced Democracy—A Commentary by Jacob S. Hacker and Oona A. Hathaway ’97

Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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July 1, 2011

Tackling National Security and Foreign Relations Policy: Seminar on Legal Debates in U.S. International Lawmaking and Foreign Affairs

Each week of the fall semester, Yale Law School Professor Oona Hathaway ’97 meets with eight students in a small seminar room to tackle some of the most complex and pressing issues of national security and foreign relations policy. The seminar’s curricular goal—to examine current legal debates in U.S. international lawmaking and foreign affairs—is served by its format, which includes intensive research, discussion, and drafting of reports. Not just an academic exercise, the students’ work often ends up on the desks of some of the most influential lawmakers in Washington.
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June 3, 2011

How to resolve the War Powers impasse—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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June 1, 2011

Obama’s Illegal War—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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May 17, 2011

Death of the War Powers Act?—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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May 3, 2011

The world after bin Laden—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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April 6, 2011

The Constitutional Clock Is Ticking on Obama's War—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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March 9, 2011

It's Not Up to the President to Impose a No-Fly Zone Over Libya—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona A. Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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January 27, 2011

Did Congress approve America's longest war?—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.

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August 30, 2010

What Obama Should Say—A Commentary by Bruce Ackerman ’67 and Oona Hathaway ’97

Bruce Ackerman ’67 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School and Oona Hathaway ’97 is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
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March 16, 2010

Professor Oona Hathaway ’97 to Deliver Inaugural Lecture April 12

Professor Oona Hathaway ’97 will deliver her inaugural lecture as the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law on April 12, 2010.
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October 7, 2009

Chairs Conferred on Harold Hongju Koh, Oona Hathaway ’97, and Jean Koh Peters

Chairs have been conferred by the Yale Corporation on Harold Hongju Koh, Oona Hathaway ’97, and Jean Koh Peters.
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March 25, 2009

Oona Hathaway ’97 Returns to Yale Law School Faculty

Oona A. Hathaway ’97, Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, will rejoin the Yale Law School faculty as Professor of Law starting on July 1, 2009.
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