Rebecca Ingber

Associate Professor of Law

Boston University School of Law

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 has written about matters of national security, the laws of war, presidential power, and executive branch decision-making. 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 matters involving the law of armed conflict, detention policy, and national security, and was responsible for all domestic and foreign litigation issues for the office of political-military affairs. In prior roles in the Legal Adviser’s office, Ingber worked on matters of diplomatic property, government contracts, and on litigation before the Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice in the Medellín and Avena cases.

Ingber received her BA from Yale University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and 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 American Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Texas International Law Journal. Her papers may be found on her SSRN page.


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An Ode to the Career Bureaucracy

1/10/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

It would be a delicious irony if the President’s attempts to circumvent the internal checks on his authority were ultimately to serve to revitalize the external constraints on presidential power, as has been a legacy of presidents past.

Rebecca Ingber

BU Law School