The National Security Council Legal Adviser: Crafting Legal Positions on Matters of War & Peace

Jennifer Marett investigates the little-known position of National Security Council Legal Advisor. Drawing on a wide range of historical material as well as interviews with several previous holders of the position, Marett traces its roles and responsibilities from inception through the current administration. She concludes by identifying several contemporary institutional challenges affecting this important intelligence community role.

By Jennifer N. Marett

Legal Fellow, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. This article was written while the author was a third-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. government

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