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Elena Chachko
S.J.D. 2022

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Contributor, Lawfare
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Policy and Procedure in the Age of Individualized Foreign and Security Policy

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Foreign Relations Law 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 with Professor Adam Chilton, University of Chicago School of Law

Additional Research Interests

  • Administrative Law
  • National Security Law
  • Public International Law
  • Public Law 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

  • Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, Comparative Foreign Relations Law, Fall 2019
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania
  • 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, 2018-2019
  • Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak National Security and Democracy Program, Israel Democracy Institute, 2017-2019
  • Graduate Program Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2016-2017

Representative Publications


  • Administrative National Security, 108 Georgetown Law Journal 1063 (2020) (Harvard Law School Irving Oberman Prize)
  • Foreign Affairs in Court: Lessons from CJEU Targeted Sanctions Jurisprudence, 44 Yale Journal of International Law 1 (2019) (Harvard Law School Mancini Prize)
  • On Ripeness and Constitutionality, 43 Mishpatim Law Journal 419 (2012) (Hebrew University Faculty of Law George Webber Award)

Selected Additional Publications

  • Persistent Aggrandizement? Israel’s Cyber Defense Architecture, Hoover Institution AEGIS Paper Series (Forthcoming 2020)
  • Revisiting Judicial Review in Foreign Affairs, 43 Fordham International Law Journal 1273 (2020) (Annual symposium)
  • Due Process is in the Details: U.S. Targeted Sanctions and International Human Rights Law, American Journal of International Law Unbound (2019)

Additional Information

Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian

Last Updated: August 4, 2020