• J.D., Harvard Law
  • B.S., Texas Christian University
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • Social Policy

Robert Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and associate dean for academic affairs at The University of Texas School of Law. He is also the director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Chesney's scholarship focuses on U.S. national security policies and institutions, encompassing domestic and international law issues. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law with the firm Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York before beginning his academic career with Wake Forest University’s School of Law. He came to UT Austin’s School of Law as a visiting professor in 2008 and joined UT on a permanent basis in 2009. His scholarship concerns the legal architecture that regulates the U.S. government’s national security policies, institutions and activities, with an emphasis on the disruptive impact of technological and strategic change over time. He teaches courses including National Security Law, Constitutional Law and the History of U.S. Counterterrorism Law and Policy (1970 to present). He is a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the American Law Institute and a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.