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Stephen Dycus

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Professor Stephen Dycus is an internationally recognized authority on national security law and environmental law. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Public International Law, National Security Law, Estates, Property, and Water Law. He was founding chair, National Security Law Section, Association of American Law Schools. Professor Dycus is the lead author of National Security Law (the field's leading casebook) and Counterterrorism Law, and he was founding co-editor in chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

Professor Dycus earned his BA degree in 1963 and his LLB degree in 1965 from Southern Methodist University. He served as a bank trust officer in Texas, and then as assistant dean at Southern Methodist University Law School. He earned his LLM degree in 1976 from Harvard University. He has been a faculty member at Vermont Law School since 1976. Professor Dycus was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983-84 and at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC, in 1991. He was a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1991 to 1992 and at Petrozavodsk State University in Karelia, Russia, in 1997. Professor Dycus served on the Vermont Water Resources Board for four years, he was a consultant to the Department of Energy on cleanup of the nuclear weapons complex, and he was a member of a National Academies committee on cyber warfare. He is a member of the American Law Institute.


William C. Banks

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Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor of Law 

Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs

Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Professor William C. Banks is an internationally recognized authority in national security law, counterterrorism, and constitutional law.  Banks has helped set the parameters for the emerging field of national security law since 1987, co-authoring two leading texts in the field: National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law.  In 2008, Banks was named the College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, where he has been a member of the faculty for more than 30 years.

National Security Law was first published in 1990 and is now in its fifth edition.  Banks and his co-authors published Counterterrorism Law in 2007 to help define the emerging field of counterterrorism law, and  the second edition was published in 2012. Banks is also the author of numerous other books, book chapters, and articles, including Constitutional Law: Structure and Rights in Our Federal System (6th ed. 2011); Combating Terrorism (with Mitchel Wallerstein and Renee de Nevers); New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates from the Hague to Convention to Asymmetric Warfare; “Legal Sanctuaries and Predator Strikes in the War on Terror”; “Programmatic Surveillance and FISA – Of Needles in Haystacks”; and “Providing ‘Supplemental Security’ – The Insurrection Act and the Military Role in Responding to Domestic Crises.”

A graduate of the University of Nebraska (B.A. 1971) and the University of Denver (J.D. 1974, M.S., Law & Society 1982), Banks joined the faculty of the Syracuse University College of Law in 1978. Since 1998, he also has been a Professor of Public Administration in SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He was named the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 1998, a College of Law Board of Advisors Professor in 2005, and he became the founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University in 2003. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy (JNSL&P).


Peter Raven-Hansen

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Professor Raven-Hansen teaches national security law, counterterrorism law, civil procedure, and evidence at George Washington University Law School, where he co-directs the National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law LL.M. program. He is a co-author of National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law, as well as the monographs, National Security Law and the Power of the Purse and First Use of Nuclear Weapons, and various articles on national security law. He appears frequently as a speaker and panelist on issues of war powers, military detention, military commissions, intelligence operations, counterterrorism, security enforcement, and national security and civil liberties.

Professor Raven-Hansen also is co-author of the widely adopted casebook, Civil Procedure: A Coursebook, and the student hornbook, Understanding Civil Procedure. Before joining the Law School faculty in 1980, Professor Raven-Hansen was in private practice with the firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., and worked as a senior economic analyst with Abt Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He currently assists in civil litigation under the Antiterrorism Act and has appeared in a variety of U.S. and international forums as an expert witness on national security and related civil procedure issues.


Stephen I. Vladeck

Photo - Stephen I. Vladeck Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law (and, as of August 2016, at the University of Texas School of Law). His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck’s prolific and widely cited scholarship has appeared in an array of legal publications—including the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal — and his popular writing has been published in forums ranging from the New York Times to BuzzFeed. Professor Vladeck has won numerous awards for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service to the legal profession. He is an elected 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.