John B. Bellinger III '82, former Legal Advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will present a public lecture on "The International Law Challenges Facing the Obama Administration."
Bellinger joined the Department of State in January 2005 as Senior Advisor to Secretary Condoleezza Rice, having previously co-directed her State Department transition team. From February 2001 to January 2005, Bellinger served as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House. As Legal Adviser, he provided legal advice to President George W. Bush, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, NSC Principals, and NSC and White House staff on a broad range of national security and international legal matters. He was one of the principal drafters of the 2004 law that created the Director of National Intelligence.