project minisite image

Our Mission

The Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security is devoted to the creation of high-impact, independent, policy-relevant work related to the many areas in which law constrains security options. 

It aims to bring serious-minded legal scholarship to bear on vexing and persistent questions of policy, and to inject real-world considerations and the realities of governance into academic discussions that too often ignore them. 

It brings together a unique combination of the Harvard Law School's extraordinarily rich and diverse expertise in matters of security and law, the Brookings Institution’s unparalleled track record of addressing legal policy in this space in a fashion that engages and moves policymakers, and scholars and practitioners outside of both institutions keen to address issues of national and international security in an independent and policy-relevant fashion. 

It also brings together a unique family of thematically-related publications and web sites in an effort to meet the policy debate in the many arenas in which it meaningfully takes place — from books, to blogs, to law reviews, to reports, to magazines and other shorter writing.

 Benjamin Wittes
Senior Fellow, Governance
Studies, The Brookings Institution
  Gabriella Blum
Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Harvard Law School and Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Last modified: September 06, 2011

© 2014 The President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved.