John B. Bellinger, III

Arnold & Porter, LLP

John B. Bellinger III is a partner in the international law and national security practices of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC.  He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Bellinger served as The Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 2005 to 2009.  He previously managed Secretary Rice’s Senate confirmation and co-directed her State Department transition team.  Mr. Bellinger served from 2001 to 2005 as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House, where he was Dr. Rice’s principal lawyer when she was National Security Adviser.  He previously served as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department (1997-2001); Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1996); and Special Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster (1988-1991).  Mr. Bellinger received his A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.  Mr. Bellinger is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, the Council of the American Law Institute, and the Boards of Directors of the Stimson Center, the American Ditchley Foundation, and Salzburg Global Seminar.  He is also one of four U.S. Members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and a member of the U.S. “National Group,” which nominates judges to the International Court of Justice.  Mr. Bellinger testifies regularly before Congress and is the author of many articles and op-eds on international and national security law issues.  He is a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog.

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