James E. Baker

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Quod licit jovi, non licit bovi. What is permitted of Jupiter is not permitted of cows. I do not know Latin, but I do know this phrase. I learned it from Michael Reisman. It stuck with me because it captures the authority of the president in the area of national security. While serving as the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (NSC), I found it useful in explaining to NSC staff why the president could accept gifts, but they could not. He was Jupiter and they were cows. Today, the phrase offers a point of departure for considering Michael's contribution to the field of national security law. Although I am hesitant to suggest that Michael's academic colleagues are somehow cows (they are not), I have no hesitation in calling Michael Jupiter. That is because Michael's contributions stand apart.

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