Professor Stephen Dycus is an internationally recognized authority on national security law and environmental law. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Public International Law, National Security Law, Estates, Property, and Water Law. He was founding chair of the National Security Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He is the lead author of "National Security Law" (the field's leading casebook) and "Counterterrorism Law", and he was founding co-editor in chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.
Professor Dycus earned his BA degree in 1963 and his LLB degree in 1965 from Southern Methodist University. He served as a bank trust officer in Texas and then as assistant dean at Southern Methodist University Law School. He earned his LLM degree in 1976 from Harvard University. He has been a faculty member at Vermont Law School since 1976. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983-84 and at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., in 1991. He was a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1991 to 1992 and at Petrozavodsk State University in Karelia, Russia, in 1997. He served on the Vermont Water Resources Board for four years, was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy on clean up of nuclear weapons complexes, and was a member of a National Academies committee on cyber warfare. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
COUNTERTERRORISM LAW, 3rd ed. (with William C. Banks, Peter Raven-Hansen & Stephen I. Vladeck) (New York: Aspen Publishers 2016) (under contract).
2013-2014 SUPPLEMENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY LAW (5th ed.) and COUNTERTERRORISM LAW (2nd ed.), with William C. Banks, Peter Raven-Hansen, and Stephen I. Vladeck (New York: Aspen Publishers 2013).
Panelist, “Whistleblowers, Leakers, and National Security”, Annual Vermont Law Review Symposium, Vermont Law School, September 15, 2017.
Panelist, Strengthening National Security by Protecting Public Health, Georgetown University Law School, March 1, 2016.
"Military Responses to the Effects of Climate Change," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Symposium, "Rising Temps and Emerging Threats: The Intersection of Climate Change and National Security in the 21st Century," Vermont Law School, October 25, 2013.
Moderator, 3rd Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, October 11, 2013.
"The Scholar's Role in a Dangerous World: A New Look at Military Detention of Civilians,"
The Richard O. Brooks Faculty Scholarship Prize Lecture, Vermont Law School, April 22, 2010.
"Defense Planning for a Warmer Planet,"
Conference on National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration, Duke University Law School, April 16, 2010.
Awards & Accomplishments
Awards, Honors or Grants
Vermont Law School Richard Brooks Faculty Scholarship Prize, 2008 - 2010
Member, National Research Council Committee on Deterring Cyberattacks: Informing Strategies and Developing Options for U.S. Policy, 2009-2010.
Water Resources Board, State of Vermont – member 1993-1997.
Co-editor in Chief, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, 2004-2008.
Member, American Law Institute, 2000-present.
Chair, Environmental Law Section, Association of American Law Schools, 1984-85.