Chesney, Robert | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 at Wake Forest University’s School of Law. He came to The University of Texas at 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.


NewsSeptember 4, 2019
#TribFest19: LBJ faculty, alumni and students hit the stage, audience and social media

The LBJ School is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, an annual buzzworthy event on politics and public policy in the heart of downtown Austin. The 2019 festival, which will take place in downtown Austin Sept. 26–28, will include panels and keynotes with leading policymakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

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NewsApril 30, 2019
Intelligence Studies Project holds fifth annual 'Intelligence in Transition' symposium

On March 28, 2019, the Intelligence Studies Project hosted its fifth annual spring "Intelligence in Transition" symposium, anchored by a keynote address by Susan Gordon, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. The event was co-sponsored by the Strauss Center, Clements Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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NewsMarch 27, 2019
A look back at #LBJatSXSW 2019

Austin is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), a convergence of the interactive, film and music industries from March 8-17. LBJ School faculty, students and alumni were among the speakers, panelists and participants, bringing innovative ideas, hard questions and creative solutions to a community of leaders and engaged stakeholders.

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