Thomas B. Nachbar

Fast Facts

  • Professor of law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Former clerk, Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Former civilian senior advisor, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
  • Expertise on constitutional law, contracts, antitrust, national security law, equal protection and due process jurisprudence

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • Middle East
  • Human Rights and Civil Rights
  • Law and Justice
  • Governance
  • Founding and Shaping of the Nation
  • Leadership
  • Supreme Court

Thomas B. Nachbar is the F.D.G. Ribble Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. His scholarly focus is on constitutional law and the institutions of regulation and security. He teaches constitutional law, contracts, antitrust, and several classes on national security law and the U.S. national security establishment. Nachbar has both practiced and published in the field of telecommunications law (he authored, with Glen Robinson, the casebook Communications Regulation), and is an expert on the Supreme Court’s constitutional equal protection and due process jurisprudence.

After earning his undergraduate degree in history and economics, Nachbar spent five years as a systems analyst in the aerospace and defense sector before entering law school, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and later practiced with what is now Mayer Brown in Chicago as a member of the firm’s appellate litigation, information technology, and intellectual property practice groups.

In addition to his work at the law school, Nachbar has engaged in extensive outside service. He has served as a civilian senior advisor at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and as a member of the FCC Secure Internet Protocol Working Group, and he teaches a class on constitutional values at the Federal Executive Institute. He is also a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he has, among other assignments, edited an Army handbook on the development of legal systems, trained Palestinian security forces in the West Bank, and deployed to Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve. In addition to the Miller Center, he is affiliated with the law school’s National Security Law Center and the National Security Policy Center at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. 


Thomas B. Nachbar News Feed

On March 21, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit accusing Apple of acting illegally to secure that monopoly. University of Virginia School of Law professor Thomas B. Nachbar weighs in on the lawsuit, potential implications of the case and what similar lawsuits in the information age can tell us about its anticipated outcome.
Thomas B. Nachbar UVA Today
A year of war between Russia and Ukraine has upended expectations. Ukraine surprised many observers by holding back the Russian invasion using weapons and other support from at least 40 countries aligned with the West. The Ukrainian infrastructure has been battered and Russian forces have been humbled, but states in the Global South are increasingly sympathetic to Russia. This week President Vladimir Putin withdrew from Russia’s last remaining arms control treaty with the United States. Three University of Virginia law professors and Miller Center senior fellows who are experts in national security and international law reflected on the war so far and the prospects for peace.
Thomas Nachbar UVA Today
What is China’s role in the vast technology space and how does it affect U.S.-China relations? University of Virginia's Miller Center Faculty Senior Fellow Thomas Nachbar discusses Aynne Kokas’s new book, 'Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty.'
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