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Elena Chachko

S.J.D. Candidate

Coordinator, Harvard Empirical Legal Studies Series (HELS)
Contributor, Lawfare

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Policy and Procedure in the Age of Personalized Foreign and Security Policy

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Foreign Relations Law and Lawyering with Professor Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Compliance with International Law with Professor Gabriella Blum, Harvard Law School
  • Empirical Methods in International Law and Political Science scholarship with Professor Adam Chilton, University of Chicago School of Law

Additional Research Interests

  • Administrative Law
  • National Security Law
  • Public International Law
  • Constitutional Theory


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate, 2016-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program, 2015-2016 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived) (Fulbright Scholar)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B., 2014 (Law and International Relations, magna cum laude)

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Fellow, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Student Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2018-2019
  • Coordinator, Harvard Empirical Legal Studies Series, 2017-2019
  • Teaching Fellow, Public International Law, Harvard Law School, Spring 2018
  • Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak National Security and Democracy Program, Israel Democracy Institute, 2018 – Present
  • Graduate Program Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2016-2017

Representative Publications

  • Elena Chachko, Foreign Affairs in Court: Lessons from CJEU Targeted Sanctions Jurisprudence, 44(1) YALE J. INT’L L. ___ (forthcoming, 2018)
  • Elena Chachko, On Ripeness and Constitutionality, 43 MISHPATIM L. J. 419 (2012) (The George Webber Award, 2013)

Additional Information

Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian

Last Updated: August 6, 2018