Rebecca Ingber

Associate Professor of Law

BA, Yale University
JD, Harvard University

Areas of Interest
Foreign Relations & National Security Law, International Law, Laws of War, Presidential Power & Executive Branch Decision Making, War Powers

Rebecca Ingber joined the BU Law faculty as an associate professor of law in July 2015. She is a scholar of international and foreign affairs law and presidential power, and she has written about matters of national security, war powers, the laws of war, and the engagement of the U.S. executive branch bureaucracy in these areas. Ingber’s scholarship is informed by her practice in these fields. She served for six years in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the US Department of State, where she worked on a range of matters involving the law of armed conflict, detention policy, and national security, as well as diplomatic property and government contracts, and on litigation before both US courts, and international courts, including the US Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice.

Ingber received her BA from Yale University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and she clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. of the Southern District of New York. She was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow (2011–2012); an associate research scholar with the Project on Harmonizing Standards for Armed Conflict at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (2012–2013); and an associate-in-law at Columbia Law School (2013–2015). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Texas Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among others. Her papers may be found on her SSRN page.

  1. Rebecca Ingber, "Bureaucratic Resistance and the National Security State," 104 Iowa Law Review (forthcoming).
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  2. Rebecca Ingber, "Interpretation Catalysts in Cyberspace," 95 Texas Law Review 1531 (2017).
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  3. Rebecca Ingber, "Co-Belligerency," 42 Yale Journal of International Law 67 (2017).
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  4. Rebecca Ingber, "The Obama War Powers Legacy and the Internal Forces that Entrench Executive Power," 110 American Journal of International Law 680 (2016).
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  5. Rebecca Ingber, "International Law Constraints as Executive Power," 57 Harvard International Law Journal 49 (2016).
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  6. Rebecca Ingber, "Interpretation Catalysts and Executive Branch Legal Decisionmaking," 38 Yale Journal of International Law 359 (2013).
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  7. Rebecca Ingber, "Untangling Belligerency from Neutrality in the Conflict with Al-Qaeda," 47 Texas International Law Journal 75 (2011).
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3 credits

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the law--domestic, foreign, and international--governing international business transactions. With the significant growth in international commerce and trade, and the forces of economic and social globalization, lawyers will increasingly confront international legal issues during their professional careers. This course will focus on the legal problems encountered in business ventures that cross national borders. Topics include formation of contracts, choice of law, financing the international sale of goods through letters of credit, regulation of international trade, the organizations and operations of the institutions of the World Trade Organization, foreign investment, international dispute settlement, and international transfer of intellectual property. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 842 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 3:35 pm 3 Rebecca Ingber LAW

4 credits

This course will offer a basic survey of contemporary international law. It will teach students the minimum that every lawyer should know about the major issues of public international law and policy that influence current events and modern legal practice. It will also provide a foundation for those interested in further study of particular topics covered. We will consider both the historical "law of nations" and post-World War II developments, which have shifted the fulcrum of the system from an exclusive focus on the rights and duties of states inter se to a broader focus on all the diverse participants in the contemporary international legal process: not only states but intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, insurgents, multinational business enterprises, terrorist and criminal associations, and individuals. Specific topics will include: (i) the history, nature, sources and efficacy of international law; (ii) the establishment, transformation and termination of states and other actors, including international institutions and, in particular, the United Nations; (iii) the domestic incorporation of international law, with a focus on key concepts of U.S. foreign relations law; (iv) the allocation among states of jurisdiction to prescribe and apply law, as well as jurisdictional immunities; (v) human rights, the laws of war, and international criminal law; (vi) the allocation of control over and regulation of the resources of the planet, including the law of the sea, territory, the environment, and the global economy; and (vii) the use of force. The role of power in the international legal system will be candidly acknowledged--and the problems and opportunities it presents explored. Current international events will be woven into the curriculum as appropriate. Examination.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 927 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 Rebecca Ingber LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 927 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 6th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 4 Rebecca Ingber

3 credits

Does law continue to operate in times of war? This seminar will examine the knotty legal questions underlying current wartime debates, with a primary focus on modern conflicts facing the United States in the post-9/11 era. A complex architecture of international and domestic law governs states and state actors during wartime. Evolving threats, new technologies, and domestic politics have tested these legal frameworks, and the domestic and international laws of war continue to adapt to challenges to their relevance and viability. Topics for discussion may include, among others: Guantanamo detention, targeted killing and drones, interrogation and torture, humanitarian intervention in conflicts like those in Libya and Syria, and the scope of the U.S. President's constitutional and statutory authority to wage war. NOTE: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. RECOMMENDED COURSES: International Law. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 797 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Rebecca Ingber LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 797 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Rebecca Ingber
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