Alan Rozenshtein

  • Associate Professor of Law
338 Mondale Hall


  • Harvard University, A.B.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.


  • Cybersecurity
  • Fourth Amendment
  • National Security

Professor Alan Z. Rozenshtein joined the Law School as a visiting professor in 2017 and, in summer 2019, continued as an Associate Professor of Law. He is a senior editor at Lawfare, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, and a visiting faculty fellow at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was previously an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

From Oct. 2014 to April 2017, he served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Law and Policy in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where his work focused on operational, legal, and policy issues relating to cybersecurity and foreign intelligence. From October 2016 to April 2017, he served as a special assistant United States attorney for the District of Maryland. During this time he taught cybersecurity at Georgetown Law.

Before joining the Justice Department, Professor Rozenshtein clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. While attending Harvard Law School, he was a Heyman Fellow, served as articles editor for the Harvard Law Review, and was a contributor to Lawfare. Prior to attending law school, he studied philosophy at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Law Review: Research & Writing

Journal of Law, Science and Technology: Research and Writing

Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers

Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Legislation and Regulation - 1L

Legislation and Regulation

Law Review Editors

Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology Editor

Journal Articles

Moderating the Fediverse: Content Moderation on Distributed Social Media, 3 Journal of Free Speech Law 217 (2023)
Digital Disease Surveillance, 70 American University Law Review 1511 (2021)
Silicon Valley's Speech: Technology Giants and the Deregulatory First Amendment. 1 Journal of Free Speech Law 337 (2021)
Fourth Amendment Reasonableness After Carpenter, 128 Yale Law Journal Forum 943 (2019)
Wicked Crypto, 9 UC Irvine Law Review 1181 (2019)
Surveillance Intermediaries, 70 Stanford Law Review 99 (2018)
Recent Legislation, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, 125 Harvard Law Review 1876 (2012)

Book Reviews

Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Digital Fourth Amendment, 40 Criminal Justice Ethics 75 (2021) (review essay) (reviewing Ric Simmons, Smart Surveillance: How to Interpret the Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Other Publications

The Prosecution of Trump Runs Into Some Serious First Amendment Troubles, The Atlantic, Dec. 20, 2022)
Jed Shugerman
Trends in Ransomware Attacks on US Hospitals, Clinics, and Other Health Care Delivery Organizations, 2016-2021, 3 JAMA Health Forum e224873 (2022)
Hannah T. Neprash et al.
The Case for Prosecuting Donald Trump, Persuasion, Aug. 31, 2022
Jed Shugerman
The Great Liberal Reckoning Has Begun: The Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Concludes an Era of Faith in Courts as Partners in the Fight for Progress and Equality, The Atlantic, Sept. 22, 2020