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Past Events

May 4, 2017 - Rule of Law Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism

Georgetown Law was pleased to partner with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security to host this important conference, featuring the Laura Donohue, Marty Lederman, David Koplow, David Luban, and Jamie Baker. The full agenda is here.

April 26, 2017 - National Security Exit Interviews: Michele Flournoy Interviewed by Mary DeRosa

The Center hosted the second event in its National Security Exit Interviews series, and we were honored to host Ms. Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Ms. Flournoy was interviewed by Prof. Mary DeRosa, former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. 

April 24, 2017 - National Security Exit Interviews: Caroline Krass Interviewed by Laura Donohue

The Center hosted its first event in its National Security Exit Interviews series, and we were honored to host Ms. Caroline Krass, former General Counsel of the CIA. Center Director Laura Donohue was her interviewer. 

April 6, 2017 - The Arms Race in Space

The Center and the Georgetown Global Law Scholars co-sponsored a conversation with renowned non-proliferation expert Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. and Professor David Koplow for an informal interview on the past, present, and future of arms control. 

March 3, 2017 - Katz @ 50: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The Center, the American Criminal Law Review, and the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology co-sponsored this timely event focusing on how the Fourth Amendment's jurisprudence has been challenged by the evolution in technology over the last half century. The webcast is available here.

Panel 1 - Privacy in Public Surveillance 

Alvaro Bedoya, (Moderator) Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Privacy and Technology 

Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation 

David Gray, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law 

Margaret Hu, Assistant Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law 

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, NYU Brennan Center for Justice 

Panel 2 - Katz at 50: Modern Approaches to the 4th Amendment 

Paul Ohm, (Moderator) Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 

Laura Donohue, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 

Morgan Cloud, Professor of Law, Emory School of Law 

Stephen Henderson, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law 

Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University Law School 

Elizabeth Goitein, NYU Brennan Center for Justice 

Panel 3 - Racial Impacts of Surveillance 

Andrew Ferguson, Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 

W. David Ball, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University Law 

Christy Lopez, Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center 

February 28, 2017 - JNSLP Symposium, The Border and Beyond: The National Security Implications of Migration, Refugees and Asylum Under US and International Law

The Center and the Journal on National Security Law & Policy partnered together to present the annual JNSLP Symposium. The keynote address was delivered by Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, entitled "Protecting Refugees: a National Security Imperative." The recording of the event (beginning after the Panel 1) can be found here.  

Panel 1, Immigration, Homeland Security, and the Constitution, featured: 

Jennifer Daskal Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law 

Katherine Hawkins Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project 

Marty Lederman Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 

William Banks (Moderator) Professor of Law and Founder of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University College of Law, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of National Security Law and Policy 

Panel 2: The U.S. Refugee and Asylum Legal Regime 

Mark Hetfield President and CEO, HIAS 

Anne Richard Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration 

Shibley Telhami Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland-College Park 

Jason Dzubow (Moderator) Partner at Dzubow &Pilcher, PLLC, Adjunct Professor of Asylum Law, George Washington University Law 

Panel 3: Migration and Security Threats Abroad  

Rebecca Hamilton Assistant Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law 

Mark Iozzi Democratic Counsel, House Foreign Affairs Committee 

Karin Johnston Adjunct Professor of International Politics, American University School of International Service 

A. Trevor Thrall Senior Fellow for the Cato Institute's Defense and Foreign Policy Department, Associate Professor, George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government 

David Stewart (Moderator) Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

November 17, 2016 - Annual National Security Law Career Fair

The Center partnered with GW Law, which hosted a National Security Career Fair, for students from all local law schools the opportunity to ask questions and gather information from government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector. The fair was cosponsored by: the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, the Georgetown National Security Law Society, the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the George Washington Law Office of Professional Development & Career Strategy, the National Security Law Journal at George Mason University School of Law, and the National Security Law Brief at American University Washington College of Law.

November 14 - 15, 2016 - ABA Standing Committee on National Security Law's Annual Review of the Field

The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security hosted the 26th Annual Review of the Field of National Security. The event was co-sponsored by the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law. The conference materials are available here.  

October 24, 2016 - Annual Security Clearances Workshop

The Center and Georgetown’s Office of Public Interest and Community Service hosted the annual Security Clearances Workshop, where students had the opportunity to learn about the security clearance application process, as well as ask questions of representatives from the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency. 

March 2, 2016 - A book discussion of Soldiers on the Home Front

Professor Banks and Professor Dycus's new book is the first to systematically analyze the domestic role of the military as it is shaped by law, surveying America's history of judicial decisions, constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations, military orders, and martial law to ask what we must learn and do before the next crisis.

The Center hosted the authors for an interview-style discussion of the many pressing issues presented in the book.

William C. Banks, Interim Dean and Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University College of Law

Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Mitt Regan, Professor, Georgetown Law, Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession

March 1, 2016 - Strengthening National Security by Protecting Public Health

The Journal of National Security Law & Policy, the Center, and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, were pleased to present the JNSLP 2016 symposium. 

The keynote speech will be offered by Prof. Lawrence Gostin, Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, on"Global Health Security in an Era of Explosive Pandemic Potential: Lessons from SARS and MERS to Ebola and Zika."

Panel 1: “Why Global Health Matters to National Security” 
This panel will explore international health issues and U.S. support for global health systems, connecting global health priorities with national security.

  • J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Christine Sow, President and Executive Director, Global Health Council
  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Coordinator for Threat Reductions Program, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State
  • ModeratorJohn Monahan, Senior Scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law


Panel 2: “Federal and State Authority and the Role of the Military During Public Health Crises”  
This will discuss federal faultlines and the role of the military during responses to public health crises.

  • James Hodge, Jr., Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics, Director of Public Health Law and Policy Program, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Stephen Dycus, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Robert Salesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civilian Authorities, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Francesca Christy Music, Program Director for Health and Medical Support, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Americas' Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Don Boyce, Director of the Office of Emergency Management, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • ModeratorWilliam C. Banks, Interim Dean, Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University College of Law, JNSLP Editor-in-Chief


Panel 3: “Public Health as a Driver for Conflict and Instability” 
This panel will delve into domestic public health and security, touching on such issues as assessing the adequacy of the U.S. public health regulatory system during public health emergencies and U.S. preparedness for potential acts of bioterrorism.

  • Rebecca Katz, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Emergency Medicine,The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Jonathan Greene, Acting Director, Health Threats Resilience Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Richard Jaffe, Director of the Division of Medical Countermeasures, Strategy, and Requirements, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Daniel Gerstein, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • ModeratorDavid Koplow, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

The webcast is available here.

February 3, 2016 - A Conversation on the 2015 Department of Defense Law of War Manual

The Center hosted a panel of distinguished experts discussing the important revisions to the Law of War manual, and what these changes mean for our troops and our foreign policy going forward. 

Charles A. Allen, Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs, Department of Defense

Professor Jamie Baker, Former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Professor Laura DickinsonProfessor of Law, George Washington University School of Law

Professor Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center

February 1, 2016 - The Law In These Parts

The Center, as well as The Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and The Human Rights Institute, hosted a screening and discussing of the award-winning documentary, The Law in These Parts.  

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Director of The Law in These Parts

Professor David Luban, Georgetown Law

Professor Nora Erakat, George Mason University

Nimrod Karin, SJD student at NYU Law and former Israeli Defense Forces lawyer

Professor Mitt Reagan, Georgetown Law

November 9, 2015 - Women in Combat

The Center, the Military Law Society, the National Security Law Society, and partner organization No Exceptions, hosted a panel discussion on Women in Combat. Until 2013, the United States had a longstanding policy banning women from serving in military combat units. The policy is now under review, and the Secretary of Defense is expected to make a final decision on what positions will be open to women early next year. In this light, we invite you to join a timely discussion on women in combat. The panel discussed Hegar v. Carter, currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which addresses the constitutional rights implicated by gender-based restrictions in the U.S. military. Discussion focused on the legal and policy ramifications of gender integration that are likely to follow the Secretary’s decision. Panelists included Major General Finn Kristian Hannestad, Defense Attaché of the Kingdom of Norway to the United States; Captain Lindsay L. Rodman, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness as a Special Adviser to the Under Secretary; Professor Rosa Brooks, Professor of International and National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Lieutenant Hanna Eaves, Personnel Law Branch, Department of Navy. The webcast is availablehere

November 6 - 7, 2015 - Annual Review of the Field

The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security hosted the 25th Annual Review of the Field of National Security. The event was co-sponsored by the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law. The  conference materials are available here.  

November 3, 2015 - AFTERWAR

On November 3, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., the Center on National Security and the Law and the Center on the Study of the Legal Profession will host a book event in honor of Georgetown Professor Nancy Sherman’s new book AFTERWAR. Professor Sherman’s book explores the moral and philosophical complexities of homecomings for modern veterans, the largest reintegration of service members back into society since Vietnam. The book has been called “urgently necessary” by National Book Award winner Phil Klay. The webcast is availablehere

November 4, 2015 - Security Clearances Workshop

The Center and Georgetown’s Office of Public Interest and Community Service hosted the annual Security Clearances Workshop, where students had the opportunity to learn about the security clearance application process, as well as ask questions of representatives from the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency. 

October 20, 2015 - National Security Law Career Fair

The Center hosted a National Security Career Fair, for students from all local law schools the opportunity to ask questions and gather information from government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector. The fair was cosponsored by: the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, the Georgetown National Security Law Society, the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the George Washington Law Office of Professional Development & Career Strategy, the National Security Law Journal at George Mason University School of Law, and the National Security Law Brief at American University Washington College of Law.

September 21, 2015 - The Going Dark Debate: Encryption, Technology, and the Future of Privacy

The Center, along with the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology and Just Security hosted The Going Dark Debate: Encryption, Technology, and the Future of Privacy.  As consumers increasingly adopt encryption tools, government officials have warned of the “Going Dark” problem – the notion that widespread encryption will thwart legitimate government efforts to investigate crime and safeguard national security. To address this problem, law enforcement and intelligence community officials have suggested that companies include “backdoors” in their products to permit lawful government access to encrypted data. This proposal has been met with criticism from technologists and privacy advocates alike. Technology experts have explained that encryption “backdoors” will jeopardize security and render us more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Privacy advocates say that the government already has unprecedented access to individuals’ communications and argue that we live in the “Golden Age of Surveillance.”  The panel featured Robert S. Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Kiran Raj, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, US Dep't of Justice; Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Wendy Seltzer, Policy Counsel, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School Information Society Project; and Paul Ohm, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology. The webcast is availablehere.

September 17, 2015 - Too Many Secrets? Transparency and Accountability in the Post-9/11 National Security State

The Center and the Constitution Project will co-sponsor Too Many Secrets? Transparency and Accountability in the Post-9/11 National Security State, in honor of Constitution Day. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen of the New York Times will be awarded The Constitution Project's Constitutional Commentary award for his book Pay Any Price and his national security reporting. As part of this annual event, we will hold a panel discussion on the themes raised in Risen's book, including oversight, transparency, secrecy, and spending in the war on terrorism. In addition to James Risen, panelists will include Steven Aftergood, Director of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, Laura Donohue, Professor of Law and Director of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and other experts. The webcast is availablehere.  

June 1 –2, 2015 - National Security, Surveillance Technology, and the Law

Georgetown Law and the Federal Judicial Center co-sponsored a program for Federal judges focusing on surveillance technology and national security. The agenda arehere, and the suggested readings for the conference arehere.  

February 11, 2015 - Trial and Terrorism: The Implications of Trying National Security Cases in Article III Courts

Watch the webcasthere.

The Journal of National Security Law & Policy 

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The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law


Introductory Remarks (9:00 am - 9:15 am)

Dean William M. Treanor

Georgetown University Law Center

Panel 1: Terror Suspects: Pretrial Considerations in Civilian Terrorism (9:15 am - 10:50 am)

Richard Kammen

Criminal Defense Attorney, Kammen &Moudy

Michael Farbiarz

Senior Fellow, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law &Center for Law and Security,

Former Co-Chief at the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit,

United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

Kenneth L. Wainstein

Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham &Taft LLP,
Former Homeland Security Advisor, Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, DOJ

Former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

Faiza Patel

Co-Director, Liberty &National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice,

New York University School of Law

Moderated by Jennifer Daskal,Assistant Professor of Law,

American University Washington College of Law

Panel 2: Courtroom Challenges: The Evidentiary and Trial Management Issues That Arise During Terrorism Trials 

(10:55 am - 12:35 pm)

Gregg A. Maisel

 Chief, National Security Section,

United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia

Geremy Kamens

First Assistant Federal Public Defender,

Federal Public Defender's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia

Joshua L. Dratel

Founder and President, Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.

Co-Chair of the Select Committee on Military Tribunals,

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Moderated byLaura K. Donohue, Professor of Law,

Georgetown University Law Center

Keynote Luncheon(12:40 pm - 1:45 pm):

Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan

Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Panel 3: Convicted Terrorists: Sentencing Considerations and Their Implications on Foreign Policy (1:55 pm - 3:35 pm)

 Karen J. Greenberg

Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Director, Center on National Security

Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema

Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Deborah Pearlstein

Assistant Professor of Law, Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee

Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

R. Timothy Reagan

Senior Research Associate, Federal Judicial Center

Moderated by Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of Law,

American University Washington College of Law

Closing Remarks and Reception (3:35 pm - 4:30 pm)

December 4, 2014 - Cybercrime 2020: The Future of Online Crime and Investigations

The participants considered where technology is taking us, how it is likely to be exploited in the near future and what law enforcement can and should be doing to address such threats while balancing privacy and civil liberties. The event considered how investigative techniques may be shaped in light of evolving Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. It also explored how the federal courts may respond to advances in technology and what legislation may be needed to address the challenges ahead. 

This event was sponsored by Georgetown Law and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

The webcast of this event isavailable here.

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome
William M. Treanor, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center 

8:40 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Address
Leslie Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
High Tech Crimes of Tomorrow
Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice (Moderator)
Andrew Bonillo, Director, Cybersecurity and Public Safety, Verizon Business
Dino Dai Zovi, “Hacker in Residence,” New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering
Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Future of the Fourth Amendment 
Laura Donohue, Professor and Director of the Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center( Moderator)
Margaret McKeown, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Richard Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Michael Dreeben, Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice
David Cole, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Orin Kerr, Professor, George Washington University School of Law

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon Address
Troels Orting, Director, European Cybercrime Center

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Legislating Crimes of the Future
Andrew Weissmann, Senior Fellow, New York University School of Law, former General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Moderator)
Sam Ramer, former Majority Senior Counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
Kevin Bankston, Policy Director, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute
Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Richard Downing, Principal Deputy Chief, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
The Evolution of Public/Private Engagement
David Vladeck, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)
Nicole Jones, Senior Law Enforcement & Security Counsel, Google Inc.
Lisa Sotto, Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
Charles Blauner, Managing Director of Global Head of Information Security, Citigroup Inc.
Richard Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Michael Levy, Chief, Computer Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
John Lynch, Chief, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice

November 12, 2014 - Annual Security Clearances Workshop

The Center and OPICS hosted the annual Security Clearances Workshop, exclusively for Georgetown students. Representatives from the DOJ, State, CIA, and DoD described the security clearance process and answered students' individual questions. Anonymous questions (submitted on index cards) were answered as well. Professor David Koplow moderated the workshop. 

webcast of the event is available to members of the Georgetown Law community.

November 6 - 7, 2014 - 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

The Capital Hilton, Washington, DC

Conference Program 

Registration Form 

Online Registration and Opening Reception 

MCLE Information 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014

7:30 a.m. Registration, CLE sign-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00 –8:30 a.m. Conference Overview and Welcome

8:30 –10:30 a.m. Panel I –Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law

10:30 –10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Panel II –Role of the Judiciary in National Security

12:30 –1:15 p.m. Luncheon Break

1:15 –2:15 p.m. Keynote Address

2:15 –2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 –4:15 p.m. Panel III –The Future of Foreign Intelligence

5:00 p.m. Reception

6:00 p.m. Dinner with Keynote Address - Capitol Hilton Hotel

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014

8:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast

8:15 –8:30 a.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 –10:15 a.m.Panel IV –Ethical Issues Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law –A Discussion

10:15 –10:30 a.m.Break

10:30 a.m. –12:15 p.m.Panel V –The Economic &Financial Threat Domain: Making Smart Sanctions Smarter

12:15 –1:15 p.m.Luncheon Break

1:15 –1:45 p.m.Keynote Address

1:45 –2:00 p.m.Break

2:00 –3:30 p.m.Panel VI –Military Justice: Continuity or Change?

3:30 –5:00 p.m.Panel VII –Cybersecurity –Will We Ever Be Secure? 

Co-Sponsored by the

Standing Committee on Law and National Security, American Bar Association

Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law

Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law

September 19, 2014 - The NSA, Privacy and the Global Internet: Perspectives on Executive Order 12333

Georgetown Law’sCenter on Privacy and Technology, Center on National Security and the Law, and the National Security Law Students Society hosteda discussion about a little-known intelligence authorityand what it means for national security and privacy. This event was covered byUS News & World Report.

PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • John Tye, Legal Director, Avaaz
  • Laura K. Donohue, Professor of Law and Director, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law
  • Nathan Sales, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Alvaro Bedoya(Moderator), Executive Director, Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology

Awebcastof the event is available.

March 26, 2014 - Cyber Vigilantism and Self-Defense: The Legal and Policy Implications of Hacking Back

Georgetown Law's Center on National Security and the Lawand National Security Law Societyco-hosted Cyber Vigilantism and Self-Defense: The Legal and Policy Implications of Hacking Back.

A growing number of private firms are calling for measures that allow them to actively respond to cyber-attacks. Such "hacking back" raises difficult legal questions. To what extent does the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) authorize such activities? What are the merits of expanding or restricting the private rights to respond to cyber-intrusions?

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • John M. (Mike) McConnellFormer Director of National Intelligence; Vice-Chair, Booz Allen & Hamilton

PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Jason Weinstein, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Kimberly Peretti, Partner, Alston & Bird
  • Shane McGee, General Counsel, FireEye, Inc.
  • Mary DeRosa(Moderator), Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown Law

Awebcastof the event is available.

Tuesday February 25, 2014 - Whistleblowers, Leakers, and Traitors: An Evolving Paradigm

The Center and the Journal of National Security Law & Policy co-hosted the Second Annual Journal Symposium. 

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

  • William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center

PANEL I: THE CURRENT LEGAL FRAMEWORK

  • Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
  • Dan Meyer, Executive Director for Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection; Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General
  • Wyndee Parker, National Security Policy Adviser, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Nathan Sales, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, Department of Homeland Security
  • Laura Donohue (Moderator), Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

PANEL II: THE MEDIA AND WHISTLEBLOWERS

  • Lucy Dalglish, Dean, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism; Former Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Barton Gellman, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Washington Post and Time Magazine
  • Abbe Lowell, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • Gabriel Schoenfeld, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Author ofNecessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law
  • Mary-Rose Papandrea (Moderator), Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Admiral William Studeman, Former Director, National Security Agency; Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, CIA

PANEL III: A NEW PARADIGM OF LEAKING

  • Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project 
  • David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
  • George Ellard, Inspector General, National Security Agency
  • Kenneth Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Former Homeland Security Advisor; Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, DOJ
  • Stephen Vladeck(Moderator), Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Awebcastof the event is available.

November 20, 2013 - Torture, Secrecy, and Accountability:How should America respond to abuse of post-9/11 detainees?

On November 20, 2013, the Center partnered with The Constitution Project to host a panel examining accountability and transparency in the treatment of detainees. Professor David Luban and General Irvine were panelists, while Professor Rosa Brooks moderated the discussion. 

Awebcastof the event is available.

November 19, 2013 -Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gatheringin the United States: The Current State of Play

On Tuesday November 19, 2013, the Center and the National Security Law Society co-hosted the second event in our three part series: Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: Past, Present and Future.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

  • William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown Law

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Jim Sensenbrenner, Congressman, Wisconsin

PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Jameel Jaffer, Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Democracy
  • Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Matthew Olsen, Former General Counsel, National Security Agency
  • Marc Rotenberg, President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Laura K. Donohue(Moderator), Professor, Georgetown Law

Awebcastof the event is available.

November 12, 2013 - Annual Security Clearances Workshop

On Wednesday November 13, 2013, the Center and OPICS hosted the annual Security Clearances Workshop, exclusively for Georgetown students. Representatives from the DOJ, CIA, and DoD described the security clearance process and answered students' individual questions. Anonymous questions (submitted on index cards) were answered as well. Professor David Koplow moderated the workshop. 

Awebcastof the event is available to members of the Georgetown Law community.

October 31 - November 1 - 23rd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference

On October 31 and November 1, 2013, the Center co-hosted the 23rd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference with the American Bar Association, the Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Center for National Security Law at University of Virginia School of Law, and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Full Conference program materials and podcastsare available.

September 24, 2013 -Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: Past, Present, and Future

Georgetown Law's Center on National Security and the Law and National Security Law Society proudly present a three-part discussion series this autumn:Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: Past, Present, and Future

The September 24, 2013 event, the first in the series, focused on the past. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) gave the keynote address, which was followed by a panel discussion with former members and key staff of the 1975-76 Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities ("Church Committee").

The Church Committee exposed government surveillance abuses and played a key role in the creation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which, as subsequently amended, provides the framework for current foreign intelligence gathering programs.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

  • William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown Law

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee; Senator, Vermont

PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Walter Mondale, Former Vice President of the United States; Church Committee Member
  • Gary Hart, Former United States Senator, Colorado; Church Committee Member
  • Frederick Schwarz, Church Committee Chief Counsel
  • William Miller, Church Committee Staff Director
  • Loch Johnson, Special Assistant to Senator Frank Church
  • Laura K. Donohue(Moderator), Professor, Georgetown Law

Awebcastof the event is available.

February 27, 2013 - Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data: National Security in an Age of Unlimited Information

The Journal of National Security Law & Policy and The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law proudly hosted "Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data: National Security in an Age of Unlimited Information."

Big Data is transforming national security capabilities. The collection, storage, sharing, and analysis of data enable us to identify patterns and forecast behavior from disparate streams of information. Despite massive data-storage capacity and sophisticated analytical tools for processing data from myriad sensors, the rate of data collection is outstripping our ability to analyze it. Compounding this challenge is an outdated and piecemeal legal and policy framework governing how data is collected, stored, shared, and used.

"Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data" sought to demystify Big Data, address its challenges and potential, and chart a legal and policy framework for an evolving technology.

OPENING REMARKS

  • Denise BellSenior Symposium Editor, Journal of National Security Law & Policy
  • William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center
  • William Banks, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of National Security Law & Policy; Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

PANEL I: MAPPING THE OCEAN: THE FUNDAMENTALS, CHALLENGES, AND APPLICATIONS OF BIG DATA

  • Matthew P. Gordon, Forward Deployed Engineer for Legal Intelligence, Palantir Technologies
  • Sean Fahey, Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Johns Hopkins University
  • Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group; Policy Director for Technology and Society, World Wide Web Consortium
  • Julie Cohen (Moderator), Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

PANEL II: BUILDING STURDY HARBORS: A FORWARD-LOOKING LAW AND POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR BIG DATA

  • Jennifer Granick, Professor, Stanford Law School; Center for Internet and Society
  • Alex Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program; Brennan Center for Justice
  • Paul Ohm, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Trade Commission; Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Laura K. Donohue(Moderator), Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency

PANEL III: CHARTING THE FUTURE: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM BIG DATA

  • Adam Isles, Case Study Author, Managing Director, Chertoff Group, LLC
  • Mary Ellen Callahan, Partner, Jenner & Block
  • Elisebeth Cook, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Counsel at WilmerHale
  • John Grant, Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir Technologies
  • Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Robert O'Harrow, Investigative Reporter,The Washington Post
  • Marc Rotenberg, Case Study Author, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Stephen Vladeck(Moderator), Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Awebcastof the event is available.

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 co-hostedthe "22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security LawConference" at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

In celebration of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security's 50thanniversary, this year's conference featured several panels focusing on a range of pertinent and timely national security law issues. 

PODCASTS
DAY 1 - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012

Conference Overview and Welcome

  • Harvey Rishikof
  • Laurel Bellows

Panel I: Role of the Courts in National Security Law: Past, Present and Future

  • Robert Chesney
  • Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh
  • Deborah Pearlstein
  • Judge James Robertson
  • William C. Banks(Moderator)

Panel II: Intelligence Law Developments

  • Eliana Davidson
  • Chris Donesa
  • Christine Healey
  • Robert Litt
  • Stephen Preston
  • George Jameson(Moderator)

Luncheon Keynote Address: "How Today's Cybersecurity Problems are Reshaping National Security Law"

  • Steven R. Chabinsky

Panel III: Emerging Technologies

  • David Cole
  • Robert O'Harrow
  • Wyndee Parker
  • Viet Dinh(Moderator)

Dinner Keynote Address

  • William H. Webster

DAY 2 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

Panel IV: National Security and International Law

  • Jeremy Rabkin
  • Nicholas Rostow
  • Ruth Wedgwood
  • Robert F. Turner (Moderator)

Panel V: The Law of Armed Conflict: Past, Present and Future

  • Laurie Blank
  • David E. Graham
  • Hays Parks
  • Sean Watts
  • Scott L. Silliman(Moderator)

Luncheon Keynote Address: "Newfangled Checks on Executive Power"

  • Neal K. Katyal

Panel VI: Human Rights and National Security Law Issues

  • Col. Richard B. Jackson
  • Martin S. Lederman
  • Neomi Rao
  • Hina Shamsi
  • Stephen I. Vladeck (Moderator)

Panel VII: Ethical Dilemmas Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law (Government and Private Practice)

  • Judge James E. Baker
  • Kathleen Clark
  • Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. (Moderator)

FullConference 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 co-hosted a conference focusing on two of the most pressing national security issues for the upcoming presidential term, and explored the role of the national security lawyer in the midst of challenging legal and policy issues. 

PANEL I: IRAN, ISRAEL, AND THE NUCLEAR ISSUE 

  • Corey Hinderstein,Vice President, International Program, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Former Deputy Director and Senior Analyst, 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
  • 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
  • Barry Carter(Moderator),Director, Center on Transnational Business and the Law; Chair, Sanctions Committee, State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy

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 RosenzweigFounder, 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

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 66thSession 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

webcast of the event is available. Theconference programand thepanelist biosare also available. 

October 10, 2012 - Annual Federal Security Clearances Workshop

PANELISTS

  • 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
  • James Zirkle, Associate General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Laura Donohue(Moderator), Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Awebcastof the event is available to members of the Georgetown community.

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.

PANELISTS

  • 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, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Former Reporter and Editor at theSt. 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

Awebcastof the event is available.

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 viawebcastand were covered byCQ 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.

PANELISTS

  • 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)

ISSUES ADDRESSED

(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 theJournal of National Security Law and Policyhosted an event discussing the implications of the Journal's newest issue, "Shadow Wars."

OPENING REMARKS

  • 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 ArticleShadow Wars

FEATURED AUTHORS AND PANELISTS

  • Laura Dickinson, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Author of the Journal ArticleOutsourcing Covert Activities
  • Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project; Former Specialist in Constitutional Law, Library of Congress; Author of the Journal ArticleBasic 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 ArticleThe Continuing Quandary of Covert Operations
  • Scott Shane, National Security Reporter, Washington Bureau,The New York Times 

MODERATOR

  • Laura K. 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.

AUTHORS

  • 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"

COMMENTATORS

  • Jennifer Daskal, Fellow, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law
  • Stephen Vladeck, Professor, American University Washington College of Law

MODERATOR

  • 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.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

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 co-sponsored 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 was 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 I

Where One Ends and the Other Begins: Finding the Boundaries of Criminal Law and National Security on the issue of Military Commission

PANEL II 

The Role of Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Border Surveillance

Awebcastof the event is available.

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.

Awebcastof 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 I: 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 II: 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

  • Robert F. Muse, Partner, Stein, Mitchell & Muse LLP

PANEL III: 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

Awebcastof the 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 co-hosted Next Step After New START:A Treaty on Tactical Nuclear Weapons?The U.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.

OPENING REMARKS

  • Laura Donohue, Incoming Acting Director, Center on National Security and the Law

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • 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

PANEL DISCUSSION

  • 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(Moderator), Visiting Associate Professor, Interim Director, Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic

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