Rebecca Ingber

Associate Professor of Law

BA, Yale University
JD, Harvard University

Areas of Interest
Foreign Relations & National Security Law, International Business Transactions, International Law

Rebecca Ingber, an expert in international and national security law and presidential power, joined the BU Law faculty in 2015. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, and she previously served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the US Department of State.

Professor Ingber’s scholarship focuses on national security, international law and war, and the engagement of the US executive branch bureaucracy in grappling with, shaping, and being shaped by the law in these fields. Ingber’s scholarship is informed by her practice. In her career at the State Department, 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. She recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 2018 Supreme Court nomination hearing.  

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. Ingber is a cochair of the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. She is also a contributor to Lawfare, Just Security, and other legal blogs. Her scholarship may be found on her SSRN page.

Activities & Engagements
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  1. Rebecca Ingber, "Congressional Administration of Foreign Affairs," 105 Virginia Law Review (forthcoming).
  2. Rebecca Ingber, "Bureaucratic Resistance and the National Security State," 104 Iowa Law Review 139 (2018).
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  3. Rebecca Ingber, Testimony of Rebecca Ingber Before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary On the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Committee on the Judiciary, (2018).
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  4. Rebecca Ingber, "Interpretation Catalysts in Cyberspace," 95 Texas Law Review 1531 (2017).
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  5. Rebecca Ingber, "Co-Belligerency," 42 Yale Journal of International Law 67 (2017).
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  6. 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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  7. Rebecca Ingber, "International Law Constraints as Executive Power," 57 Harvard International Law Journal 49 (2016).
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  8. Rebecca Ingber, "Interpretation Catalysts and Executive Branch Legal Decisionmaking," 38 Yale Journal of International Law 359 (2013).
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  9. Rebecca Ingber, "Untangling Belligerency from Neutrality in the Conflict with Al-Qaeda," 47 Texas International Law Journal 75 (2011).
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