Ronald Sievert

Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs Program
(979) 845-1632
Allen Rm. 1084
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Professor Sievert graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1970, served four years as an Army officer, and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He joined the US Department of Justice in 1983. After trying several major violent crime, corruption, and fraud cases, he was named a DOJ Senior Litigation Counsel, Chief of the Criminal Division of the Eastern District of Texas, Chief of the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas, and DOJ Assistant Director in charge of the evaluation of all of the nation's US Attorney's Offices. In 1990, he was assigned to DOJ's National Security Working Group and was an International and National Security Coordinator (INSC) for the department as well as legal advisor to the Central Texas Counter Terrorism Working Group. As INSC, he worked closely with the FBI, CIA, and the intelligence community on both international and national security-related cases and trained federal prosecutors. He has traveled to Kosovo, Qatar, Israel, and England to teach foreign judges and prosecutors and investigate international and national security matters. He began teaching at the FBI Academy and US Department of Justice Advocacy Institute in 1985. In 2000, he took a leave of absence to teach National Security Law and Federal Criminal Law at the University of Texas School of Law and has continued teaching as an adjunct professor at UT School of Law. He has received several awards for his work, including the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance on two occasions and awards from several government agencies. He has published two books, Cases and Materials on US Law and National Security (2000, Fourth edition, 2018) and Defense, Liberty and the Constitution (2005) as well as eleven law review articles on legal issues related to national security. At the Bush School, Professor Sievert has continued to work with the private sector and government intelligence community on various projects and has served on the faculty curriculum, worklife, and several search committees as well as serving as Director of the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs.

Professor Sievert has played and coached football, basketball, and softball but is still trying to master golf. He is married to Marcia Gibbs Sievert and has three daughters and four grandchildren.

Recent Publications

Cases and Materials on US Law and National Security (2000, 2006, and 2012)

Defense, Liberty and the Constitution (2005)

Law Review Article

Time for the Creation of a Standing Rapid Reaction UN Peace Service and the Potential Employment of Former U.S. Military as a Significant Component of Such a Force-pending publication ABA The International Lawyer, 2018

A Comparison of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with the Law of Electronic Surveillance in Europe, American Journal of Criminal Law 2016

Time to Rewrite to Ill Conceived and Dangerous Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, National Security Law Journal 2014

Congress's Consistent Intent To Utilize Military Commissions In The War Against Al-Qaeda And Its Adoption Of Commission Rules That Fully Comply With Due Process, with Congressman Michael McCaul, St. Mary's Law Journal 2011

Working Towards An Enforceable Nuclear Non Proliferation Regime; Fordham International law Journal 2010

A New Perspective on National Security Law Policies During the Bush Administration and Their Implications for the Future; Constitutional in Conception, Problematic in Implementation, Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, December 2009.

War on Terrorism or Global Law Enforcement Operation; Notre Dame Law Review 2007

Meeting the Twenty First Century Terrorist Threat Within the Scope of Twentieth Century Constitutional Law; Houston Law Review 2001

Campbell v. Clinton and the Continuing Attempt to Reassert Congress' Constitutional Authority to Initiate, or Prevent, War; Dickinson Law Review 2001

Patriot 2005-2007, Truth, Controversy and Consequences; Texas Review of Law and Politics 2007

A New Perspective the International Criminal Court; Why the Right Should Support the ICC and How the US Can Use It; University of Pittsburg Law Review 2007

Missile Guidance to China, Nuclear Technology to Libya, Air Defense to Iraq; Has the Time Arrived to Revamp Our Outdated and Ineffective Export Control Regime; Texas International Law Journal 2004

In the News

  • August 1, 2013: Secret programs keep us safe: Opposing view
  • Ronald Sievert
    (979) 845-1632
    Allen Rm. 1084
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