The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors’ Lunch with Jack Goldsmith, Professor at Harvard Law School on Friday, October 12th, in the Belfer Center Library (L369)


Professor Goldsmith previously served as Assistant Attorney General, head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) under the Bush Administration from 2003-2004.  He concluded that crucial Justice Department legal opinions on surveillance programs, torture and other issues were fundamentally flawed.  He resigned from his position in 2004.

On October 2, 2007, Goldsmith testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the debate within the Bush Administration about the legality of NSA surveillance programs.  He testified that, "It was the biggest legal mess I had ever encountered.”


Goldsmith recently published The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration.  The New York Times commented that Goldsmith’s book, “is a portrait of a highly insular White House obsessively focused on expanding presidential power and loathe to consult with Congress.”

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University, specializing in international, foreign affairs, and national security law.  He is the author of dozens of articles on these and other subjects. 

Professor Goldsmith received a B.A. summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University and a B.A at Oxford University.  He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his M.A. with first class honors from Oxford University.  Professor Goldsmith also earned his International Law Diploma in Private International Law at The Hague Academy. 


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