November 29 - 30, 2012 - ABA Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law
The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law; and the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, hosted the "22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference" in Salons I and II, Ballroom Level, of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street, NW in Washington, DC.
In celebration of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security's 50th anniversary, this year's conference featured several panels focusing on a range of pertinent and timely national security law issues.
Day 1 - Thursday, November 29, 2012
Conference Overview and Welcome
Panel I – Role of the Courts in National Security Law: Past, Present and Future
Moderator: William C. Banks
Discussants: Robert Chesney, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Deborah Pearlstein and Judge James Robertson (Ret.)
Panel II – Intelligence Law Developments
Moderator: George Jameson
Discussants: Eliana Davidson, Chris Donesa, Christine Healey, Robert Litt and Stephen Preston
Panel III – Emerging Technologies
Moderator: Viet Dinh
Discussants: David Cole, Robert O'Harrow and Wyndee Parker
Dinner Keynote Address
The Honorable William H. Webster
Day 2 - Friday, November 30, 2012
Panel IV – National Security and International Law
Moderator: Robert F. Turner
Discussants: Jeremy Rabkin, Nicholas Rostow and Ruth Wedgwood
Panel V – The Law of Armed Conflict: Past, Present and Future
Moderator: The Honorable Scott L. Silliman
Discussants: Laurie Blank, David E. Graham, Hays Parks and Sean Watts
Panel VI – Human Rights and National Security Law Issues
Moderator: Stephen I. Vladeck
Discussants: Col. Richard B. Jackson (Ret.), Martin S. Lederman, Neomi Rao and Hina Shamsi
Panel VII – Ethical Dilemmas Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law (Government and Private Practice)
Moderator: Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Discussants: Judge James E. Baker and Kathleen Clark
Full Conference Program.
October 25, 2012 - Key National Security Issues of 2013
The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law and the Georgetown Law National Security Law Society invite you to join us for a conference focusing on two of the most pressing national security issues for the next presidential term, and exploring the role of the national security lawyer in the midst of challenging legal and policy issues.
9:00 am - Registration and Continental breakfast
9:30 am - Welcome Remarks
9:35 am - 10:50 am - Panel I: Iran, Israel, and the Nuclear Issue
- Corey Hinderstein, Vice President, International Program, Nuclear Threat Initiative; former deputy director and senior analyst at the Institute for Science and International Security.
- Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Brookings; former member of State Department's Policy Planning Staff; former Middle East Advisor at ExxonMobil Corp.
- Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar, Wilson Center; former senior analyst, negotiator and advisor at the U.S. State Department; former president, Seeds of Peace.
- Cari Stinebower, Counsel, Crowell & Moring; former counsel and program officer, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Treasury.
- Professor Barry Carter (Moderator), Director, Center on Transnational Business and the Law; chair, Sanctions Committee, State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.
11:00 am - 12:15 am - Panel II: Cybersecurity, the Way Forward
- Steven Chabinsky, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Risk Officer, CrowdStrike, Inc.; former Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI; former senior attorney, Office of General Counsel, FBI.
- Eliana Davidson, Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence, DoD; former Deputy Legal Advisor, National Security Council; former Special Counsel to the General Counsel, DoD.
- Leonard Bailey, Associate Deputy Attorney General, DOJ; former Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security; former Senior Counsel in the Criminal Division's Computer Crime Section, DOJ.
- Paul Rosenzweig Founder, Red Branch Consulting and Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington University; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS; former Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, DHS.
- Professor Laura Donohue (Moderator), Acting Faculty Director, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law.
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Keynote Luncheon Panel: The Role of the National Security Lawyer
- Robert Litt, General Counsel, ODNI; former Partner, Arnold and Porter, LLP; former Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Division, DOJ.
- Benjamin Powell, Partner, WilmerHale; former General Counsel, ODNI; former Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President.
- Mary DeRosa, Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown Law; former Alternate Representative of the United States to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly; former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and National Security Legal Advisor.
- Professor David Koplow (Moderator), Former Special Counsel for Arms Control to the General Counsel, DoD, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law.
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Hosted luncheon begins at 12:15 p.m.
Gewirz, 12th Floor
Georgetown University Law Center
120 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001October 10, 2012 - Fourth Annual Federal Security Clearances Workshop.
There is a webcast is available.
The Center and OPICS co-sponsored the annual Federal Security Clearances Workshop.
Interested in working for the government? Many government agencies require security clearances. Learn about the application process and the legal framework underlying security clearances. Government representatives from three major agencies will tell you what you need to know.
- Rena Cervoni, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, Department of Justice
- Mark Spaulding, Personnel Security Specialist, Department of State
- Peregrine D. Russell-Hunter, Deputy Director, Office of Hearings & Appeals, Department of Defense
- Prof. James Zirkle, Associate General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
- Professor Laura Donohue (moderator)
The panel webcast is available here.
This workshop was available to members of the Georgetown community only; the webcast requires a Georgetown log in.
September 20, 2012 - Constitution Day
The Center partnered with The Constitution Project and Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier to celebrate Constitution Day. TCP presented Washington Post reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin with the Constitutional Commentary Award. The program is available via webcast.
- Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, former Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; former media lawyer, trial department, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; former Reporter and Editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press
- Dana Priest, Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post; Co-Author, Top Secret America; Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
- Harvey Rishikof, Chair, Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; former Senior Policy Advisor, Director of Counterintelligence Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- Kenneth L. Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush; Assistant Attorney General for National Security; General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Director of the FBI
- Laura K. Donohue, (moderator), Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School; Faculty Affiliate Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law.
September 13, 2012 - Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) Discussing National Security, the Constitution, and the Executive Branch
The Center was pleased to partner with the Georgetown National Security Law Society to hear Congressman Smith's remarks on national security. The remarks are available via webcast and were covered by CQ Today.
July 19, 2012 - Military Commissions and Guantanamo
The Center co-sponsored a panel on Military Commissions and Guantanamo together with the D.C. Bar International Law Section and with the ABA Standing Committee on National Security Law, and the Bar Association of D.C. National Security Law and Policy Section.
- Jennifer Daskal, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law
- Adam Thurschwell, Office of Military Commissions - Defense
- Professor Stephen L. Vladeck, American University, Washington College of Law
- Captain Ed White, Office of Military Commissions - Prosecution
- Mary Ann McGrail, (Moderator)
(1) the status of the Guantanamo detainees, and whether there is still an expectation that the detention center will be closed;
(2) the impact of Supreme Court jurisprudence on the detentions and trials of detainees; and
(3) consideration of a proposal that a separate court, similar to the FISA Court, be established for trial within the US of those accused of terrorist acts against the US or its citizens.
This program was off the record.
April 19, 2012 - Shadow Wars
The Center and the Journal of National Security Law and Policy hosted an event discussing the implications of the Journal's newest issue, "Shadow Wars."
- William C. Banks, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of National Security Law & Policy; Board of Advisers, Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University college of Law; Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Syracuse University; author of the Journal Article Shadow Wars
Featured Authors and Panelists
- Laura Dickinson, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; author of the Journal article Outsourcing Covert Activities
- Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project; former Specialist in Constitutional Law, Library of Congress; author of the Journal article Basic Principals of the War Power
- John Prados, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Iraq Documentation Project; Director of the Vietnam Project at the National Security Archive at The George Washington University; author of the Journal article The Continuing Quandary of Covert Operations
- Scott Shane, National Security Reporter, Washington Bureau, The New York Times
- Laura Donohue, Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
February 2, 2012 - Book discussion: "The Law of Counterterrorism"
We hosted a lively discussion of the ABA Administrative Law Section's "The Law of Counterterrorism" and were pleased to have a number of distinguished panelists.
- John Altenburg, Jr., former Fellow, International Assessment and Security Center; author of article "Military Commissions as the Forum to Prosecute Acts of Terrorism and Other Violations of the Law of War"
- Jeffrey Breinholt, National Security Division, Department of Justice; author of "The Revolution of Substantive Criminal Counterterrorism Law: 'Material Support' and its Philosophical Underpinnings"
- W. George Jameson, former Director, Office of Policy & Coordination, CIA; author of "Intelligence and the Law: Introduction to the Legal and Policy Framework Governing Intelligence Community Counterterrorism Efforts"
- Jennifer Daskal, Fellow, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law
- Stephen Vladeck, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
- Marty Lederman, Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
December 1 & 2, 2011 - 21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law
The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law; and the Center on National Security at Georgetown Law, proudly co-sponsored the "21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law." The conference, which drew hundreds of national security lawyers from around the country took place on Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
- The Honorable Harold Koh - International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Age of Smart Power.
- Brigadier General Mark S. Martins - Legitimacy and Constraint in Reformed Military Commissions. (Written Transcript)
- Jane Holl Lute - Luncheon keynote address.
- Panel I - Executive Update on Developments in National Security Law
- Moderator: Harvey Rishikof
- Discussants: Robert S. Litt, Stephen W. Preston, Lisa Monaco, Jeh C. Johnson, and Ivan K. Fong
- Panel I Conference Materials
- Panel II - Congressional Update on Developments in National Security Law
- Moderator: Peter Raven-Hansen
- Discussants: Michael Allen, Paul M. Lewis, Nick Rossi, and Andrew Keller
- Panel II Conference Materials
- Moderator: Peter Raven-Hansen
- Panel III - Kosovo, Libya and Presidential War Powers for Multilateral Humanitarian Interventions
- Moderator: William M. Treanor
- Discussants:Oona A. Hathaway, Martin S. Lederman, David M. Golove, and Robert F. Turner
- Panel III Conference Materials
- Panel IV - Use of Force Decisions of the International Court of Justice: Triumph or Tragedy?
- Moderator: The Honorable Edwin D. Williamson
- Discussants: Michael J. Matheson, Sean D. Murphy, John Norton Moore and Paul Reichler
- Panel IV Conference Materials
- Panel V - The Uniform Code of Military Justice: Does it Work in War as Well as in Peace?
- Moderator: Scott L. Silliman
- Discussants: Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Lt. Col. Katherine E. Oler, Lt. Col.Daniel M. Froehlich, and Maj. E. John Gregory
- Panel V Conference Materials
- Moderator: Scott L. Silliman
- Panel VI - Public but Classified: "A System Awash in Open Secrets"?
- Moderator: Viet D. Dinh
- Discussants: Mary B. DeRosa, Eliana Davidson, Mark Mazzetti, and Steven Aftergood
- Panel VI Conference Materials
- Panel VII - Ethical Dilemmas Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law (Government and Private Practice)
- Moderator: James E. McPherson
- Discussants: William M. Treanor and Thomas D. Morgan
- Panel VII Conference Materials
September 17, 2011 - The Lawyer Jurga: A One Day Seminar on the Pedagogy of Teaching National Security Law
The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and Georgetown University Law Center cosponsored a one day seminar on the pedagogy of teaching national security law -- approaches and issues, a "Lawyer Jurga".
The Seminar was held in the Gewirz Student Center, with an opening dinner September 16 at the Army and Navy Club. Our goal is to bring together the academic, practitioner, educational, and instructional communities from our nation's law schools, educational legal centers, and federal legal training institutions including Judge Advocate General and military academies, to discuss the methods, tools, and processes of teaching national security law and training future practitioners in the field of national security law.
The seminar built upon the dedicated work done by many of the pioneers in the field by bringing together the community of national security law teachers.
April 12, 2011 - Moving Targets: Issues at the Intersection of National Security and American Criminal Law
The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law and The American Criminal Law Review co-hosted an event entitled "Moving Targets: Issues at the Intersection of National Security and American Criminal Law."
Panel 1Where One Ends and the Other Begins: Finding the Boundaries of Criminal Law and National Security on the issue of Military Commission
Panel 2The Role of Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Border Surveillance
A webcast of the event is available here.
March 23, 2011 - Extend, Amend, or Repeal? The USA PATRIOT Act at Ten
The Center, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society co-sponsored a panel debate on the Patriot Act.
A webcast of the event is available.
March 15, 2011 - Annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights: The Role of Accountability in Protecting Human Rights & National Security
Georgetown Law's Human Rights Institute, Georgetown Law's Center on National Security and the Law, and Human Rights First sponsored the sixth annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights entitled: The Role of Accountability in Protecting Human Rights & National Security
Panel 1 - Addressing the State Secrets Privilege
- Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project
- Daryl Joseffer, Partner, King & Spaulding LLP; former Principal Deputy U.S. Solicitor General
- Eric Lichtblau, National Security Reporter, The New York Times
- Laura Donohue (Moderator), Associate Professor and Acting Director, Center for National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law
Panel 2 - Pursuing Accountability for Human Rights Violations in the National Security Context: Domestic, Regional, and International Strategies
- Katherine Gallagher, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
- James A. Goldston, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative
- Ben Wizner, Litigation Director, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union
- Melina Milazzo (Moderator), Pennoyer Fellow, Human Rights First
Remarks byRobert F. Muse, Partner, Stein, Mitchell & Muse LLP Accountability for Private Security Contractors
Panel 3 - Accountability for Private Security Contractors
- Ilona Cohen, Majority Counsel, Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Mark Dewitt, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, Triple Canopy
- Richard Fontaine, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
- Jason Pielemeier, Special Advisor, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
- Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition Policy, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service
- Devon Chaffee (Moderator), Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First
A webcast of this event is available.
March 1, 2011 - Next Step After New START: A Treaty on Tactical Nuclear Weapons?
The Center and the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic are please to present Next Step After New START: A Treaty on Tactical Nuclear Weapons? TheU.S. Senate's resolution approving the New START treaty calls for negotiations with Russia regarding tactical nuclear arms, and President Obama has renewed his promise to pursue discussions. However, due to the special challenges associated with extending nuclear arms control to tactical warheads and a host of complicated contextual factors - from missile defense, to NATO nuclear policy, to politics in Moscow and Washington - negotiating a treaty or other agreement will require careful thought and analysis starting now.
- Laura Donohue, Incoming Acting Director, Center on National Security and the Law
- Dr. Edward L. Warner III, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Former Secretary of Defense Representative to the New START Negotiations, and Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation
- Hans Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists
- Dr. Michael M. May, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University; Director Emeritus of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Paul Dean, Attorney Advisor, Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State, New START Delegation Legal Advisor
- Madelyn Creedon, Counsel, Senate Armed Services Committee
- Tim Morrison, National Security Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
- Dakota S. Rudesill, Visiting Associate Professor, Interim Director, Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic (Moderator)