Robert F. Turner holds both professional and academic doctorates from the University of Virginia School of Law. He co-founded the Center for National Security Law with Professor John Norton Moore in April 1981 and has served as its Associate Director since then except for two periods of government service in the 1980s and during 1994-95, when he occupied the Charles H. Stockton Chair of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. A veteran of two Army tours in Vietnam, he served as a Research Associate and Public Affairs Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace before spending five years in the mid-1970s as national security adviser to Senator Robert P. Griffin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has also served in the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in the White House as Counsel to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board, at the State Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and as the first President of the congressionally established United States Institute of Peace.
Selected Presentations, papers, and documents:
Turner PowerPoint: "The Vietnam War and Constitutional War Powers" October, 2014
"Snowden's Treachery" HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY (Aug/Sept 2014)
Remarks on 50th Anniversary of Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Indochina (aka Gulf of Tonkin Resolution), National Press Club, Aug. 18, 2014
Debate footage, Turner v. Fein "Edward Snowden Patriot or Traitor?" July 28, 2014
Turner PowerPoint: "Edward Snowden Patriot or Traitor?" Fund for American Studies, July 28, 2014
Debate on the Constitutionality of the NSA metadata program against Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law and former Dean, University of Chicago School of Law, Feb. 18, 2014 (audio); PowerPoint: NSA and the Constitution
"Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in Vietnam," November 2013
"War Powers Resolution and Military Operations," 8 Aug. 2013, Army JAG School
NSA database leaks discussion on "To the Point" NPR, 13 June, 2013 (Turner begins at 16 min. 52 sec., mp3 audio file)
"Cyberdeterrence" Harvard Law Review Forum, Vol. 126, 2013
"International Terrorism and the Lessons of Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates" presentation at Univ. of San Diego, April 15, 2013
Podcast (10/05/11) "Was it Constitutional to Kill bin Laden?"-Turner interviewed with John Bellinger (Turner interview begins 39 minutes, 30 seconds into the program)
Professor Turner took part in a written debate with Erwin Chemerinsky, the Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Sponsored by the Federalist Society, the 12/11/07 debate is linked here.
"Was Operation Iraqi Freedom Legal?" in Bush vs. the Beltway by Laurie Mylroie, 2003