UCLA School of Law professor Kristen Eichensehr has won the 2018 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship for her work exploring how American courts and Congress directly interact with foreign governments. The award is presented by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law.
Eichensehr’s article “Courts, Congress, and the Conduct of Foreign Relations” was published this year in the University of Chicago Law Review. With an eye on the likely impact that the political climate will have on international affairs, she presents a framework for assessing the constitutionality of “nonexecutive conduct of foreign relations” — interactions that do not involve the president.
An assistant professor of law at UCLA Law, Eichensehr is among the nation’s leading scholars of cybersecurity law, foreign relations, separation of powers, and national security law. She earned degrees from Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and Yale Law School before serving as a law clerk for Judge Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court.