Faculty, Fellows and Staff

Oona A. Hathaway



Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude at Harvard University in 1994 and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal, in 1997.


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Scott Shapiro

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Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. He joined the Yale Law faculty in July 2008 as a professor of law and philosophy.


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David Singh Grewal

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David Singh Grewal is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research interests include legal and political theory; global economic governance, particularly international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics.


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Harold Hongju Koh

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Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State.


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Amy Kapczynski

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Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012.


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John Witt

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John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His most recent book Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History was awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was selected for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012.


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Taisu Zhang

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Taisu Zhang is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and works on comparative legal history—specifically, economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe—comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese Law.


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Samuel Moyn

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Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially 20th-century European moral and political theory.


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Rebecca Crootof


Rebecca Crootof is the Information Society Project Executive Director and a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Her primary areas of research include technology law, international law, and torts; much of her work focuses on questions of when and how law can channel technological development to promote socially desirable aims. At Yale, she teaches a course on domestic and international means of regulating disruptive technologies.


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Julia Brower


Julia was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a paralegal in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State before law school. During law school, Julia worked in Sierra Leone with Timap for Justice, a local NGO that provides free legal assistance throughout the country, and with a law firm in Washington, D.C. She is currently clerking for Judge Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In December 2015, she will begin a Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship as a policy adviser at the Washington, D.C. office of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Julia will work on thematic issues with a human rights focus--women and security, human trafficking, access to justice, and international accountability mechanisms--and manage two geographic regions, West Africa and Latin America.


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Ido Kilovaty

Cyber Fellow


Ido Kilovaty is a Cyber Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. His current research is at the intersection of technology, law, and society, with a focus on cybersecurity. His specific areas of research include contract law, cybersecurity law, privacy law, national security law, and international law.


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Visiting Faculty Fellows

Matthew Spence 


Matthew Spence is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges and a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, where he focuses on security and technology. Prior to entering the private sector, he spent six years in senior national security positions in the U.S. government. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. policy towards the Middle East. In Spring 2016, he was a Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for International Affairs and taught a course cross listed with Yale Law School, Inside the White House Situation Room: Innovations in Statecraft. 


Student Directors


Laith Aqel

Laith Aqel is a student director of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. He is a 2019 J.D. candidate at YLS, where he focuses on transitional justice, global governance, human rights, and humanitarian law. Prior to law school, Laith worked at an international NGO in southern Turkey, managing capacity-building projects for Syrian civil society. He also spent a year in Lebanon researching refugee education with a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Laith has drafted reports for UNHCR and UNICEF as well as the governments of Lebanon, Norway, Oman, Rwanda, and the U.K. He received his B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy from New York University Abu Dhabi.

Zoe Weinberg

Zoe Weinberg is a second-year student at Yale Law School. During summer 2017, she worked in Iraq on the emergency humanitarian response for Mosul during the counter-ISIL operation. Prior to graduate school, she worked on the Hillary for America campaign, serving as the assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer. Previously she worked at the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. and Nairobi. She worked on projects in over a dozen countries, including Somalia, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Liberia. Prior to IFC, she worked in Goldman Sachs’s alternative investments group in New York. In May 2013, Zoe graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies. She is also pursuing an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Tianyi "Tian Tian" Xin

Tianyi "Tian Tian" Xin is in the Yale Law School class of 2019 and has a broad interest in national security law and policy. Prior to law school, she served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as an intelligence analyst for a Special Operations task force in eastern Afghanistan and then to Iraq in 2016 as part of the counter-ISIL coalition. In her last position in the Army, she was the speechwriter to the Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. Tian Tian graduated from West Point in 2011 with degrees in International Relations and International Law.

Benjamin Alter

Benjamin Alter is a student director of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. He is a 2018 J.D. candidate at YLS, where he focuses on foreign relations, national security, and international law. Prior to law school, he worked at the U.S. Treasury Department as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. In that capacity, he supported senior Treasury Department officials, principally in their public engagements, by writing speeches and Congressional testimony and helping shape the department’s communications strategy with respect to sanctions, terrorist financing, and financial crimes. Ben has also worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, as a research associate for former U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; and as an associate editor at Foreign Affairs magazine. He has written for The New York Times, The National Interest, and The Atlantic. He holds a B.A. in History from Yale College, where he concentrated on the modern Middle East. 

Alexandra Francis

Alexandra Francis is a 2018 J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she focuses on human rights, national security, and international humanitarian law. Prior to law school, Alexandra worked as a Junior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She also held a Fulbright Scholarship in Amman, Jordan and worked in Istanbul, Turkey on conflict stabilization. During law school, Alexandra has summered at the Office of the White House Counsel, the State Department Office of the Legal Adviser, the law firm Covington & Burling.

At Yale, Alexandra serves as a Student Director of the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic and the Center for Global Legal Challenges. She was previously Co-President of the National Security Group and a Legal Director for the International Refugee Assistant Project. Born and raised in Vermont, Alexandra received her B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.


Raymond Lu

Raymond is a third year student at Yale Law School who focuses on the intersection of national security, foreign policy, and technology. He spent the most recent summer working at Covington and Burling in San Francisco and IronNet, a cybersecurity firm, in Maryland. Prior to law school, he spent two years in Beijing working on Chinese legal reforms in anticorruption, open government, and criminal procedure. He also served as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he conducted research on the Chinese military. He graduated from Pomona College with a BA in International Relations.




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