Samuel Rascoff

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Faculty Director, Reiss Center on Law and Security, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Samuel Rascoff is an expert in national security law, and serves as faculty director of the Center on Law and Security. He is a professor of law at NYU School of Law. Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, Rascoff came to the Law School from the New York City Police Department, where, as director of intelligence analysis, he created and led a team responsible for assessing the terrorist threat to the city. A graduate of Harvard summa cum laude, Oxford with first class honors, and Yale Law School, Rascoff previously served as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He was also a special assistant with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Rascoff’s publications include “Presidential Intelligence” (Harvard Law Review); “Counterterrorism and New Deterrence” (NYU Law Review); “Establishing Official Islam? The Law and Strategy of Counter-Radicalization” (Stanford Law Review); “Domesticating Intelligence” (Southern California Law Review), and “The Law of Homegrown (Counter-) Terrorism” (Texas Law Review). Find Sam Rascoff's Wikipedia page here.

Publications/Media/Affiliations of Samuel Rascoff


NYPD, Just Security, The Federalist

Areas of Expertise

National security, counterterrorism, intelligence