Professor Koplow specializes in the areas of public international law and national security law. He joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1981. His principal courses have been International Law I (the introductory survey of public international law topics), a seminar in the area of arms control, non-proliferation and terrorism, and the pro-seminar for LLM students in national security law. In addition, he has directed a clinic, the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students provide pro bono representation to refugees who seek asylum in the United States because of persecution in their homelands. His government service has included stints as Special Counsel for Arms Control to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2011); as Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs at the Department of Defense (1997-1999); and as Attorney-Advisor and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1978-1981). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar. Most of his scholarly writing concentrates on the intersection between international law and U.S. constitutional law, especially in the areas of arms control and national security and treaty negotiation and implementation.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Situation Report: Exclusive: Hillary's think tankers; Pentagon's ISIS war plan on the table; spy planes for Iceland; Russia stands up new tank units; Iran goes shopping; and lots more," coverage in Foreign Policy, February 11, 2016, featuring Professor David Koplow.
"Tear gas illegal in warfare but not for police," coverage in the Tampa Bay Times, August 29, 2014, featuring Professor David Koplow.
"Tear gas was banned for warfare in 1993 but police still use it, viral meme says," coverage in PolitiFact, August 26, 2014, quoting Professor David Koplow.
"A Literary Scholar's Voice In The Wilderness," coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 17, 2014, quotes Professor David A. Koplow.