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Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck

Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Scholarship at American University Washington College of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, national security law, and international criminal law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration's use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), and has co-authored party and amicus briefs in a host of other major lawsuits, many of which have challenged the U.S. government’s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects. Vladeck, who is a co-editor of Aspen Publishers’ leading national security and counterterrorism law casebooks, has authored reports on related topics for a wide range of organizations, including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Professor Vladeck has won numerous awards for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service to the law school. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog, the Supreme Court Fellow at the Constitution Project, and a fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law.

A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a law student, he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post-9/11 Litigation Project, and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Outstanding Moot Court Oralist. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Distinction in History and Mathematics from Amherst College in 2001, where he wrote his senior thesis on "Leipzig's Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present."

Education
  • J.D., Yale Law School 2004
  • B.A., Amherst College 2001

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Publications and Multimedia
Supreme Court October Term 2014 Preview - Podcast
Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Podcast
October 07, 2014
The Legal and Policy Implications of Closing Guantánamo Bay - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
June 11, 2014
Policy without Process? - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
January 24, 2014
The Use of Lethal Force on U.S. Citizens - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
March 13, 2013
Private Attorneys and the War on Terror - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law Practice Group
December 06, 2012
Clapper v. Amnesty International - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
October 24, 2012
Examination of the Legal Rationale for Targeting U.S. Citizens - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
April 24, 2012
The War on Terror: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Go from Here? - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law Practice Group
January 27, 2010
OLC Memos
Online Debate
April 24, 2009