Elena Chachko is an Assistant Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School. Before joining the faculty, she was the inaugural Rappaport Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Miller fellow at Berkeley Law. Motivated by experience in diplomacy and intelligence analysis, Professor Chachko’s research explores the intersection of law and geopolitics. Her recent projects study international cooperation in the administrative state, how agencies engage with international norms and practices in domestic regulation, the emergency governance of domestic and international institutions, the security and geopolitical aspects of tech governance, national security in economic regulation, and the rise of economic warfare in international relations. She has also studied models of responsibility sharing for refugees and asylum seekers. Professor Chachko’s interdisciplinary work draws extensively on political science and social science research methods.
Professor Chachko’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of International Law, the California Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among other publications. She has also published widely in venues such as Lawfare, Just Security, the Regulatory Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation’s Notice & Comment. Her research has won several awards, including the 2020 Mike Lewis Prize for national security law scholarship, the Harvard Law School Irving Oberman constitutional law writing prize, and the Harvard Law School Mancini writing prize. She is a member of the Berkeley Working Group on Emerging Technology Governance under the leadership of Secretary Janet Napolitano and Professor Andrew Reddy at the Goldman School of Public Policy. She also advises the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) in a study on international regulatory cooperation.
Professor Chachko previously held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and the Harvard Weatherhead Center. She received her SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) and LLM from Harvard Law School, and an LLB in law and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
SJD, Harvard Law School (2022)
LLM, Harvard Law School (2016)
LLB (Law and International Relations), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014)