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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Summer 2019 Supplement For 'Bradley, Deeks, & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases And Materials'

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, December 9, 2019

Here is the Summer 2019 Supplement for Bradley, Deeks, & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2017).

Interviews

FBI Got It 'Wrong' In The Jimmy Hoffa Case: Former Top DOJ Official Jack Goldsmith

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Fox News
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses what the FBI got wrong and did wrong in the Jimmy Hoffa case.

Analysis and Commentary

Are The Claims In The New Film ‘The Irishman’ True?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has received superb reviews during its limited theater run in advance of its streaming release on Netflix on Nov. 27. The film centers on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran’s supposed “confession” to murdering former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. Several people, including myself, have argued that Sheeran’s confession to killing Hoffa—and many of the other things Sheeran supposedly confessed to as well—are bunk. 

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Jack Goldsmith: What Really Happened To Jimmy Hoffa?

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia WGBH (New England)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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

InterviewsPolitics

Jack Goldsmith: The Lawfare Podcast: 2020 Candidates And Executive Power

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith talked with New York Times's Charlie Savage and Justin Florence of Protect Democracy, about the history of the executive power survey, the value of the questionnaire, and the takeaways from responses to this year’s questions. 

Interviews

Jimmy Hoffa And The Surveillance State (Robert Wright & Jack Goldsmith)

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The Wright Show
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

Interviews

Jimmy Hoffa And The Surveillance State (Robert Wright & Jack Goldsmith)

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The Wright Show
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses: the illegal surveillance of his stepfather Chuckie by the feds; J. Edgar Hoover and the origins of FBI surveillance; Robert F. Kennedy's war on Jimmy Hoffa; why prosecutorial discretion is one of the government's most dangerous powers; Goldsmith's challenge to Bush's post-9/11 surveillance program; and much more.

Interviews

Jack Goldsmith: In Hoffa’s Shadow

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Radio Open Source
Thursday, November 7, 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.

Interviews

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.

Interviews

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.

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