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 Law and National Security Law Society co-hosted Cyber Vigilantism and Self-Defense: The Legal and Policy Implications of Hacking Back. The event can be viewed here.
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?
John M. (Mike) McConnell
Former Director of National Intelligence
Vice-Chair, Booz Allen & Hamilton
Jason Weinstein, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Kimberly Peretti, Partner, Alston & Bird
Shane McGee, General Counsel, FireEye, Inc.
Mary DeRosa, Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown Law (moderator)
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. The event can be viewed here.
Whistleblowers, Leakers, and Traitors: An Evolving Paradigm
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Dean William Treanor
Georgetown University Law Center
Panel 1: The Current Legal Framework (9:15 am - 10:50 am)
Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
Executive Director for Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection
Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General
National Security Policy Adviser, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, Department of Homeland Security
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Panel 2: The Media and Whistleblowers (10:55 am - 12:35 pm)
Dean, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Former Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Washington Post and Time Magazine
Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law
Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Keynote Luncheon(12:40 pm - 1:45 pm)
Admiral William Studeman
Former Director, National Security Agency
Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, CIA
Panel 3: A New Paradigm of Leaking (1:55 pm - 3:35 pm)
Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project
Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Hon. George Ellard
Inspector General, National Security Agency
Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Former Homeland Security Advisor
Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, DOJ
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
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 will be panelists, and Professor Rosa Brooks will moderate. The webcast is available here.
November 19, 2013 - Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: The Current State of Play
On Tuesday November 19, 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. The webcast is available here.
Dean, Georgetown Law
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner
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 - Professor, Georgetown Law (moderator)
November 12, 2013 - Annual Security Clearances Workshop
On Wednesday November 13, 3:30 in McDonough 203, the Center and OPICS will host the annual Security Clearances Workshop, exclusively for Georgetown students. Representatives from the DOJ, CIA, and DoD will describe the security clearance process and answer students' individual questions. Anonymous questions (submitted on index cards) will be answered as well. Professor David Koplow will moderate the workshop. Webcast available to members of the Georgetown Law community here.
October 31 - November 1 - 23rd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference
Co-Sponsored By The:
American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Law and National Security
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
Ritz Carlton Hotel -- 1150 22nd St., NW -- Washington, DC
Full Conference program materials and podcasts available here.
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
This is a crucially important time in the United States' history.A number of foreign intelligence gathering programs using new technologies recently have been unveiled, and the public, the media, and scholars are just beginning to address what these programs mean for the future of the country.
Please join us on September 24, 2013 for the first event in the series, focused on the past.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), will be giving the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion by 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.
Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Former Vice President Walter Mondale, Church Committee Member
Senator Gary Hart, Church Committee Member
Mr. Frederick Schwarz, Church Committee Chief Counsel
Ambassador William Miller, Church Committee Staff Director
Dr. Loch Johnson, Special Assistant to Senator Frank Church
Professor Laura K. Donohue, Georgetown Law (moderator)
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" will demystify Big Data, address its challenges and potential, and chart a legal and policy framework for an evolving technology.
Twitter hashtag: #bigdata
See the Symposium webcast here.
See the Symposium agenda below, or here.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Denise Bell, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Senior Symposium Editor
Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center
William Banks, Journal of National Security Law & Policy Editor-in-Chief and
Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law
Mapping the Ocean: The Fundamentals, Challenges, and Applications of Big Data
The sheer amount and ever-increasing sophistication of information have overwhelmed systems to store, share, and analyze data. How can the ocean of data be turned into actionable intelligence? How can we harness transformational technology for national security while protecting privacy in a society where people both willingly and unknowingly build large individual databases about themselves?
Professor Julie Cohen, Moderator, Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Matthew P. Gordon, Forward Deployed Engineer for Legal Intelligence, Palantir Technologies
Professor Sean Fahey, Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Johns Hopkins University
Professor Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group and
Policy Director for Technology and Society, World Wide Web Consortium
Building Sturdy Harbors: A Forward-Looking Law and Policy Framework for Big Data
What legal and policy framework should be applied to the privacy, civil liberties, and national security issues raised by Big Data collection, storage, sharing, and analysis? Does current law and policy adequately address these concerns? Moving forward, how will and how should law and policy catch up to govern emerging technologies?
Professor Laura Donohue, Moderator, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Jennifer Granick, 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 and
Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
The Honorable Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency
Charting the Future: What to Expect from Big Data
A solution-oriented roundtable discussion, this panel will feature a case study of a Big Data application under development, followed by a discussion of the legal and policy protections that should be in place to extract value from that application while mitigating the risks associated with its research, national security, and commercial use.
Professor Stephen Vladeck, Moderator, American University, Washington College of Law
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,I nvestigative Reporter, The Washington Post
Marc Rotenberg, Case Study Author, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Closing and Reception
February 13, 2013 - Georgetown Journal of International Law Symposium - The Evolution of Economic Sanctions: Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust
In recent years, economic sanctions have evolved significantly to keep pace with new technologies and strengthened global economic links. Formerly, the use of sanctions was often focused on trade in goods; however, as new methods of evading trade sanctions have developed and as capital has become more mobile, governments have increasingly targeted international financial transactions and flows, perhaps best exemplified by recent U.S. sanctions against Iran. In addition, enhanced coordination among the United States, European Union, and United Nations has produced a thorough multilateral network of sanctions, notwithstanding occasional blind spots. Partially as a result of these developments, economic sanctions are a more robust tool for policymakers today than in the past.
To explore these issues, the Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL), Center for Transnational Business and the Law, and Center for National Security and the Law proudly present the 2013 GJIL Symposium, entitled "The Evolution of Economic Sanctions: Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust." This day-long event will take place in the spring of 2013 at the Georgetown University Law Center. The Symposium will feature a keynote speaker and four panels on: the legal basis and technical operation of financial sanctions; the significant legal and economic impacts of these sanctions on targeted activities; coordination as well as incongruity among U.S., EU, and UN sanctions programs; and a survey of other legal, political, and humanitarian issues raised by sanctions, especially in light of recent programs targeting Iran, Syria, North Korea, and other countries.
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)