Tenured Opening for an Accomplished National Security Law and Policy Academic

Dec 19th, 2017 Law, National Security

Syracuse University College of Law invites applicants for a tenured faculty position as Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) Director beginning Fall 2018. Founded in 2003 as a collaboration between the College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, INSCT is an internationally renowned university institute with an established history of sponsored research, policy analysis, and educational programs. Applicants for Director must have a distinguished record of research and teaching commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment. Applicants must also have expertise and interests in national security, broadly understood to include the fields of international law, counterterrorism, and human rights. Special consideration will be given to applicants with expertise in cybersecurity. We prefer applicants with experience directing a university-level institute, including experience with interdisciplinary engagement, strategic planning, sponsored research, the design and administration of educational programs, and fundraising. The College of Law particularly welcomes applications from candidates for this position who contribute to the diversity of the College of Law community.

Candidates should have an excellent academic record with at least a J.D. degree. Preferred post-J.D. experience and credentials include advanced degree, judicial clerkship, relevant legal practice, or similar experience. A record of excellent teaching and distinguished scholarship, commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment, are required. Expertise and interests in national security, broadly defined, are also required. Prior law school teaching and a demonstrated ability to lead an interdisciplinary research and teaching institute are preferred. Candidates who contribute diversity to the College of Law are also preferred. As part of their teaching commitments, candidates will be expected to teach a first year course or a core upper-division course.

Responsibilities: Directing INSCT and serving as a tenured faculty member at the College of Law. Director responsibilities include interdisciplinary engagement, strategic planning for institute development, pursuit of sponsored research grants, organization of colloquia and conferences, administration of educational programs, management of INSCT personnel, cultivating alumni relationships, and fundraising. Responsibilities of tenured faculty members include teaching law courses, engagement in academic scholarship, publishing, presentations, committee work at the College and University, community service work and advising students.

Interested applicants should apply to http://sujobopps.com/postings/72909.

Please include a letter of interest, applicant resume, and the names of three references, including academic references capable of assessing the applicant’s potential as a legal academic, and references who can address the applicant’s potential to direct a university institute. Syracuse University is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to January 15, 2018.

Here is the complete position prospectus:



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Here is the person the new director will succeed:

William C. Banks
William C. Banks

William C. Banks

Founding Director, INSCT
SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, SU Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Interim Dean, SU College of Law (2015-2016)


Office: 300H Dineen Hall

INSCT Founding Director William C. Banks is SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and SU Maxwell School Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs. During 2015-2016, Banks was Interim Dean of SU Law. A teacher and scholar at SU for nearly four decades, under his leadership, INSCT has risen from its inception in 2003 to become a recognized leader in interdisciplinary research and education on national and international security and terrorism.

 A highly regarded and internationally recognized scholar, topics of Banks’ wide-ranging research include national security and counterterrorism law; laws of war and asymmetric warfare; drones and targeted killing; cybersecurity, cyberespionage, and cyber conflict; human security; emergency and war powers; emergency preparedness and response; civilian-military relations; and government surveillance and privacy. 

Banks is the co-author most recently of Constitutional Law: Structure and Rights in Our Federal System (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2018; with Rod Smolla) and Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military (Harvard, 2016; with Stephen Dycus). He is the author, co-author, and/or editor of numerous other titles, including National Security Law (Aspen, 2016) and Counterterrorism Law (Aspen, 2016)—books that have helped set the parameters for these fields of study—as well as Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare (Oxford UP, 2012) and New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare (Columbia UP, 2011).

The subjects of Banks’ more than 100 published book chapters and articles range from the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles and the role of the military in domestic affairs, to cyberespionage and the FISA court. Recent writing includes “Next Generation Electronic Surveillance Law: Imagining the Future”; “State Responsibility and Attribution of Cyber Intrusions After Tallinn 2.0”; “Developing Norms for Cyber Conflict”; “An Emerging International Legal Architecture for Cyber Conflict”; “New Generation Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Law: Renewing 702”; “Cyber Espionage and Electronic Surveillance: Beyond the Media Coverage”; and “Two Aspects of Cybersecurity: Human Rights and Economic Espionage.”

Additionally, Banks has spearheaded numerous interdisciplinary research projects for INSCT, including New Battlefields, Old Laws: From the Hague Conventions to Asymmetric WarfareControlling Economic Cyber Espionage; and Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters, a collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UN CTED).

Banks joined the SU College of Law faculty in 1978. In 1998, he was appointed a Professor of Public Administration in SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and he was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in the same year. In 2008, Banks became the first SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor. In 2017, the SU Law Class of 2017 bestowed on Banks the Res Ipsa Loquitur Award at their Commencement ceremony, in recognition of his impact on their class both as a teacher and as Interim Dean. Also in 2017, Banks was named Senior Fellow at the Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law. 

Among his public service appointments, Banks has served as a Special Counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee (for the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer); on the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; as a member of the InfraGard National Members Alliance Board of Advisors; on the Advisory Council for the Perpetual Peace Project; on the Executive Board of the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC); as an Editorial Board member at The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, The Netherlands; and as a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Banks also is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.


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