Oona Hathaway

Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
Director, Center for Global Legal Challenges

Oona Hathaway’s research focuses on the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and international law, the enforcement of domestic and international law, and the law of war. Her recent articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review, and include “Outcasting: The Enforcement of Domestic and International Law,” “The Law of Cyber-Attack,” “Limited War and Constitution,” “Presidential Power Over International Law: Restoring the Balance,” and “Treaties’ End: The Past, Present and Future of International Lawmaking in the United States.”

Hathaway has received the Carnegie Scholars Award. She currently serves as a Professor (by courtesy) in the Yale Department of Political Science and is Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale MacMillan Center. In addition, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law and the MacMillan Center, and serves on the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Advisor at the United States Department of State. In 2014-2015, she served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel for National Security Law at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Hathaway graduated with a A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University and received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. She served as a Law Clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and for D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald, and held fellowships at the Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Center for the Ethics and the Professions. She has taught at the Boston University School of Law, Yale Law School, and the University of California at Berkeley.