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National and International Security

  • Getting real

    September 1, 2004

    Ever since Professor Philip Heymann '60 began teaching a class on terrorism in the winter of 1988, it's drawn a crowd.

  • Philip Heymann sitting at his desk

    Talking about terror

    September 1, 2004

    A Harvard Law School professor says a unilateral war on terror will not succeed. His solution: contain and isolate extremists by repairing frayed alliances and finding common ground with mainstream Islam.

  • Law in a time of terror

    September 1, 2004

    Four HLS professors consider whether the old rules apply when the enemies don't wear uniforms and are willing to die with their victims.

  • Terry Lenzner '64

    Corporate Sleuth

    July 1, 2004

    Attorney Terry Lenzner '64 has made investigation his business.

  • Professor Goodman at the chalkboard

    The Laws of War

    July 1, 2004

    In April, during one of the most violent periods of fighting in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Assistant Professor Ryan Goodman's Public International Law class struggled to determine when the use of force is legal and what to do when force may be illegal yet legitimate.

  • Nazi defendants in the first of the 13 Nuremberg war crimes trials on Nov. 11, 1945.

    Documenting Nuremberg

    April 1, 2004

    HLS Library digitizes more than 1 million pages of Nuremberg Trial documents

  • Philip B. Heymann

    Video Q & A: Professor Phil Heymann on Terrorism

    October 14, 2003

    Harvard Law School Professor Phil Heymann's new book, Terrorism, Freedom, and Security: Winning Without War, examines the United States' response to the September 11 attacks and concludes that the "War on Terrorism" is the wrong approach to combating global terrorism. Instead, Heymann argues, the U.S. needs to put more focus on diplomacy, intelligence and international law. In this video Q&A, Heymann discusses the administration's response to September 11 and the dangers of the current U.S. strategy.

  • Jim Haynes

    For the Defense

    September 1, 2002

    War has a way of finding Jim Haynes '83. Just six months after President George Bush appointed him general counsel of the Army in 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, sparking the Persian Gulf War.

  • David Erne with fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic

    Freelance Diplomat

    September 1, 2002

    In 30 years of practicing law, corporate bankruptcy attorney David Erne '68 had been in many negotiations--but none like this one.

  • Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua

    Talking About a Revolution

    September 1, 2002

    Radio talk show host Juan Manuel García-Passalacqua '62 is urging his listeners--again--to go out and demonstrate. This time it's to stop the U.S. Navy from testing weapons on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

  • A Roommate with a View

    July 1, 2002

    When he was a college student, Michael Kleinman '03 shared a room in Yemen for five weeks with a fellow American. But they never had the "what's your major, do you have a girlfriend, where are you from, what music do you like" chat.

  • Congresswoman Jane Harman

    ‘A Critically Important Role’ Against Terrorism

    April 1, 2002

    Congresswoman Jane Harman '69 had long been fearful that America would become a target for terrorists.

  • Frank Vogel

    The New World of Islamic Legal Studies

    April 1, 2002

    "We ordinarily don't try to respond to the news of the hour," said Frank Vogel, director of the HLS Islamic Legal Studies Program. But for Vogel, like for so many other people, everything changed on September 11.

  • Call to Arms

    October 1, 2001

    The attack on Pearl Harbor impelled many Harvard Law School students to join the fight of their generation. Those who came back were changed men who had changed the world.

  • A Novel Idea

    July 18, 2000

    Most law school papers don't get glowing reviews from the New York Times Book Review. But most law school papers aren't like Mohsin Hamid's.

  • The Soldier’s Secretary

    April 25, 2000

    Ever on the move, Louis Caldera ’86 (’87), the 17th Secretary of the Army and its top communicator, lends his ear to enlisted men and women worldwide, communicating the changing mission of an Army in transformation.