Jack Goldsmith

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Biography: 

Jack Goldsmith is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. From 2003 to 2004, he served as the assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel; from 2002 to 2003 he served as the special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense. Goldsmith also taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997 to 2002 and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994 to 1997.

In his academic work, Goldsmith has written widely on issues related to national security law, presidential power, international law, and Internet regulation. His books include Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11 (2012), The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment inside the Bush Administration (2009), Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World (with Tim Wu) (2006), and The Limits of International Law (with Eric Posner) (2005). He blogs on national security matters at the Lawfare blog,and on issues of labor law and policy at the On Labor blog.

Goldsmith is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, a BA and an MA from Oxford University, and a BA from Washington & Lee University. He clerked for Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Court of Appeals judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, and Judge George Aldrich on the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.

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What Happened to Jimmy Hoffa? | Robert Wright & Jack Goldsmith [The Wright Show]

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The Wright Show
Monday, November 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

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Jack Goldsmith: Buried Treasure: "A New Take On The Hoffa Mystery"

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Skullduggery
Monday, November 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

Jack Goldsmith speaks at Hoover's 2014 Fall Retreat
Interviews

Jack Goldsmith: Live At Politics And Prose

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Live at Politics and Prose
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

Featured

My Family Story Of Love, The Mob, And Government Surveillance

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Atlantic
Friday, November 1, 2019

The whole truth took me decades to learn.

In the News

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, A Disappearance In Detroit, And My Search For The Truth

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia Harvard Law School
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Jack Goldsmith, In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Sept. 24, 2019). Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

Analysis and Commentary

More On The Role Of OMB In Withholding Ukrainian Aid

by Jacques Singer-Emery, Margaret Taylor, Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), announced on Twitter that he and Michael Duffy, an OMB political appointee, are refusing to be deposed by House committees pursuing an impeachment investigation. With this in the news, it is worth revisiting OMB’s delay in releasing nearly $400 million in foreign assistance to Ukraine.

In the News

‘In Hoffa’s Shadow’ Review: A Suspect In The Family

featuring Jack Goldsmithvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Jimmy Hoffa is back! No, the legendary labor leader has not risen from the end zone at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.—or from any of the other sites where his body was rumored to have been deposited after he disappeared on July 30, 1975. But we are witnessing a boomlet of interest in the head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the 1950s and ’60s. 

Jack Goldsmith speaks at Hoover's 2014 Fall Retreat
Interviews

Jack Goldsmith On Growing Up Around Mobsters, RFK's Abuses Of Power, & Trump's Impeachment

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The Long Game
Friday, October 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

In the News

Hoffa And Harvard Law

featuring Jack Goldsmithvia Harvard Magazine
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Jack Goldsmith is Shattuck professor of law. As such, he is known for his work on the legal aspects of terrorism, national security, and other fraught topics in international law. But like all faculty members, he has a life beyond the classroom and his scholarship. In his case, the complications of that personal life are the subject of the new book, In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28). 

Analysis and Commentary

The Role Of OMB In Withholding Ukrainian Aid

by Jacques Singer-Emery, Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

One of the most damning allegations in the whistleblower complaint is that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son by withholding congressionally approved military aid. The amounts include $250 million from the Defense Department and $141 million from the State Department.

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