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Jack Goldsmith specializes in international law, foreign affairs law, conflicts of law, and national security law. He is the author of dozens of articles on these and other subjects. His most recent publications are The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration (Norton, 2007), Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (Oxford University Press, 2006) (co-authored with Tim Wu) and (with Eric Posner) The Limits of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2005). Before coming to Harvard, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel from October 2003 through July 2004, and Special Counsel to the General Counsel to the Department of Defense from September 2002 through June 2003. Professor Goldsmith taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997 to 2002, and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994 to 1997. His areas of interest at the Berkman Centerlie in Internet governance and regulation, and Internet filtering.

Projects & Tools

Cybersecurity Wiki

During 2010-2012, under the guidance of Professor Jack Goldsmith, the Berkman Klein Center team created a cybersecurity wiki, which houses an evolving set of more than 350…


Input to ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Process

The Berkman Center conducted an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN’s decision-making processes and communications with stakeholders.


Feb 1, 2016

Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate

This report from the Berkman Center's Berklett Cybersecurity Project offers a new perspective on the "going dark" debate from the discussion, debate, and analyses of an…


Nov 14, 2011

John Palfrey's Next Chapter: Onward to the Phillips Academy!

The directors of the Berkman Center wish to extend our warmest congratulations to John Palfrey, our colleague and friend, upon his appointment as the Head of School of the…

May 6, 2010

Call for Papers: International Dimensions of Cybersecurity

Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith is issuing a call for papers on the international dimensions of cybersecurity, broadly conceived. The topic potentially can be…


The Internet: Governance and Power – Spring 2015

This seminar will examine the individuals and institutions that control the Internet, and how the Internet affects the distribution and operation of power, broadly conceived.


Feb 18, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

Secrecy: Film Screening and Roundtable

Peter Galison, Robb Moss, Jonathan Zittrain, Martha Minow, and Jack Goldsmith

The Berkman Center, Peter Galison, and Robb Moss present a screening of the film "Secrecy," a film about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy, followed by a roundtable…

May 23, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

Who Controls the Internet?

Jack Goldsmith

Jack Goldsmith on his book co-authored with Tim Wu addressing ownership and control on the internet.