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Christopher Jacobs

Fellow, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

Christopher Jacobs

Christopher Jacobs’ research focuses on the intersection of international law and national security law.  He explores the constitutional underpinning of domestic war powers authority and the balance of war powers between the executive and legislative branches.  Grounded in his experience as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army, he is particularly interested in the impact that emerging legal regimes and advancing technologies may have on the law of armed conflict, as well as the disparity between constitutional criminal procedure and military justice.    


Prior to coming to the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at Penn Law, Chris culminated his twenty-five year Army career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy. Continue reading…

Prior to coming to the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at Penn Law, Chris culminated his twenty-five year Army career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy.  While there he taught National Security Law, Advanced Law of Armed Conflict, and Constitutional and Military Law.  As a JAG officer, Chris served in numerous overseas locations (Korea, Germany, Kosovo, and Afghanistan) where he advised commanders on international and operational law matters, served as the Rule of Law officer for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and tried courts-martial cases as a defense attorney and later as a prosecutor.  Among his numerous domestic assignments, Chris served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the principal legal advisor to a Division Commander, and the ethics and compliance attorney for the Commander responsible for all U.S. military operations in the Middle East.   


Through his teaching at West Point and at the Army JAG School, Chris has taught hundreds of Cadets, JAG officers, and commanders from all branches of the U.S. military on constitutional law, criminal law, international law, administrative law, and employment law.  Chris is a graduate of the Honors Program at Marquette University (HBA); Marquette Law School (JD); The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (LL.M); and Columbia Law School (LL.M.).  

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Expertise

  • National Security Law
  • International Law
  • Law of War
  • Presidential Power
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Professional Ethics

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