09/05/12: The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law is hosting a brown bag lunch with Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) next Thursday, September 13, at McDonough Hall at Georgetown University Law Center. Congressman Smith will discuss the Constitution, national security, and the Executive Branch. He will particularly focus on new powers of the President with regard to detention of terrorist suspects, and whether and how we can make the war on terror and our security comport with the guarantees of due process. RSVP to email@example.com; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions.
When: Thursday, September 13, 2012
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Where: Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave. NW
McDonough Hall, Room 203
Washington, DC 20002
07/24/12: The American Civil Liberties Union will join a discussion on the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) this Wednesday, July 25, at the Cato Institute. Joining Cato and the ACLU will be Senator Ron Wyden (D-Or.) and New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau. The FAA, passed in 2008 and up for reauthorization this year, gave the National Security Agency almost unchecked power to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and emails. The ACLU, along with Senator Wyden, is urging Congress to institute stronger privacy protections before reauthorizing the overbroad law. The ACLU’s constitutional challenge against the FAA, Amnesty et al v. Clapper, will be heard by the Supreme Court in its next session.
When: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
12:00 PM (luncheon to follow)
Where: The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
To register for the event, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
07/05/12: The Constitution Project is hosting a panel discussion on July 17 on the legacy (or lack thereof) of the Supreme Court's 2008 decision Boumediene v. Bush, which held that detainees at Guantanamo Bay have a constitutional right to challenge their detention in federal court. At the time, Boumediene was widely regarded as a "landmark" decision. Many now see it as a promise unfulfilled. They cite the Supreme Court's refusal of every opportunity to review a series of decisions by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that have fashioned rules making it difficult - if not nearly impossible - for detainees to effectively challenge their continued confinement. Has the Supreme Court washed its hands of Guantanamo? If so, what does that mean for the remaining detainees? For the credibility of the Court? For future counterterrorism detention policy and practice? In sum: what is Boumediene's legacy?
The event is Tuesday, July 17, 12:00-1:30 PM. RSVP here.
07/04/12: Please join us on July 19, for a dynamic discussion with an expert panel entitled “Military Commissions and Guantanamo.” The panelists will address the status of the Guantanamo detainees, and whether there is still an expectation that the detention center will be closed; the impact of Supreme Court jurisprudence on the detentions and trials of detainees; and 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. The program will be held at Arnold & Porter, 555 12th St. NW, on Thursday, July 19, 5 PM-7 PM. Please register here.
05/02/12: This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This significant milestone provides an opportunity to review and discuss the work of the ICC–its impact, successes and challenges over the past decade, and to assess future challenges, especially with regard to ICC-US relations. A conference sponsored by a wide range of esteemed institutions, including Stanford Law School and the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, will be held Friday, May 11, 2012 at Stanford Law School.
04/25/12: This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This significant milestone provides an opportunity to review and discuss the work of the ICC–its impact, successes and challenges over the past decade, and to assess future challenges, especially with regard to ICC-US relations. A conference sponsored by a wide range of esteemed institutions, including Stanford Law School and the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, will be held Friday, May 11, 2012 at Stanford Law School.
04/24/12: The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute is hosting an event Thursday featuring Kip Hawley, former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and author of Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security. At the event, Hawley will discuss risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism efforts, and will highlight the layered security approach and advances of TSA technology over the last decade.
03/24/12: The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the American Society for International Law are pleased to announce a day long conference on budding issues in international humanitarian law. The winners of the second annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition will present their papers to a panel of distinguished IHL experts, followed by a luncheon keynote address and an interactive experts roundtable discussion on cyber warfare. The event will take place Wednesday, March 28 at the American University Washington College of Law. The event is free, but registration is required. HT to Robert Chesney.
09/26/11: Secrecy News reports that the Brennan Center for Justice will sponsor a panel discussion October 5 at the National Press Club in Washington DC on overclassification and “Curbing Needless Secrecy” to accompany the release of a new report on the subject. Participants include former Rep. Christopher Shays, former Information Security Oversight Office director J. William Leonard, former National Reconnaissance Office director and chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board Martin C. Faga, and Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center.
09/23/11: Case Western Reserve University School of Law is hosting the Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecture, “The University and National Security After 9/11” today from 9:15 am to 4 pm CST. The event is free and open to the public, and a webcast will be live and also available after the event for viewing on demand. The event will discuss the impact of post-9/11 national security concerns on universities and those who teach and learn within them. HT to Robert Chesney.
07/05/11: "Careers In National Security Law" A panel discussion designed for law students, those considering law school and young lawyers to explore how to turn their interest in national security into actual practice. Panelists will include lawyers from the Legislative and Executive branches, the intelligence community, and the private sector.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Law Offices of WilmerHale 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
05/10/11: The National Constitution Center held an event on May 9, 2010 entitled "What is National Security?" and featuring a discussion on the challenge of securing our nation while maintaining our constitutional balance in times of crisis. Former National Security Advisor and current NCC Visiting Scholar Richard Allen and University of Pennsylvania Law professor Deborah Pearlstein shared their experiences in a panel discussion.
04/21/11: The US Naval War College will be hosting the 2011 U.S. Naval War College International Law Conference on 21-23 June. The topic is “Non-international Armed Conflict in the 21st Century.” The conference will examine the legal issues surrounding Non-international Armed Conflict (NIAC) in the 21st Century. During this conference, distinguished scholars and practitioners of international law will analyze the state of the law applicable to the many facets of NIAC and will discuss their views on how the law will develop as the world continues to struggle with the evolving threats to national and international security posed by failed and failing states, insurgencies, and transnational criminal and terrorist organizations. HT to Robert Chesney.
04/07/11: The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law and the American Criminal Law Review have announced an upcoming symposium titled "Moving targets: Issues at the intersection of national security and American criminal law." The symposium will run from 9:30-1:00 pm on April 12 on the 12th floor of Gewirz Student Center at Georgetown Law. It will include two panels: "Finding the boundaries of criminal law and national security," and "The role of domestic unmanned aerial vehicles in border surveillance." A luncheon will follow at 1:00 pm. RSVP to email@example.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
03/29/11: The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security has announced its fourth annual writing competition for law students. This year’s writing competition encourages a scholarly debate regarding current issues affecting US national security, the Constitution and the First Amendment. The winner will receive $500 and a free trip to Washington, DC to attend the 21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference. The essay will be published in the National Security Law Report. The deadline for submissions is August 15th. Further details can be found here. HT to Robert Chesney.
03/19/11: The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society are holding an event titled "The PATRIOT Act at Ten: Extend, Amend, or Repeal?" The event will feature Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel for the ACLU, Nathan Sales, Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University, Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law at American University, and Laura Donohue, Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Acting Director of the Center for National Security and the Law. The event will be held Wednesday, March 23, on the 12th floor of Gewirz Hall at Georgetown University Law Center from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. RSVP to email@example.com.
03/08/11: Georgetown Law's Human Rights Institute, Georgetown Law's Center on National Security and the Law, and Human Rights First are holding the sixth annual Samuel Dash human rights conference on March 15th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center at Georgetown Law. This year's conference will focus on the role of accountability in protecting human rights and national security. RSVP here.
03/01/11: On March 2, 2011, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, American University Washington College of Law is pleased to host “Emerging National Security Threats in a Globalized World.” Featured speakers include Stewart Baker, the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security; General John D. Altenburg, former Army Deputy Judge Advocate General and Appointing Authority for Military Commissions, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeni, former Iranian Parliament member and current visiting scholar at Stanford University. The event will examine national security implications of cyber warfare, the prospects for democracy in the Middle East, first amendment issues, Iran, and the future of international humanitarian law in a globalized world. The symposium is presented by the National Security Law Brief and the Program on Law and Government. This event is open press. Register online: https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/cle_form.cfm.
02/18/11: The Center on National Security and the Law and the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic are holding an event on possible negotiations with Russia regarding tactical nuclear arms. Due to the special challenges associated with extending nuclear arms control to tactical warheads and a host of complicated contextual factors, negotiating an agreement will require careful thought and analysis. The event will be held March 1 at 1:00 pm at Gewirz Hall, 12th Floor, Georgetown University Law Center. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
02/18/11: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies has announced an upcoming event on US landmine policy. The event will include a book signing for Ken Rutherford's "Disarming States," followed by a panel discussion. It will be held March 1 at 6:15 pm at the Copley Formal Lounge at Georgetown University.
02/16/11: The American University Washington College of Law is hosting an event on February 18 from 12 – 2 pm titled “The Guantanamo Detainees: What Next?” The event is presented by the Program on Law and Government and the National Institute of Military Justice. The program will discuss the political and legal debate around the remaining detainees, including their possible trials for alleged war crimes and their continued detention.
02/12/11: The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and the Program in Public Law at Duke University Law School are holding their annual national security conference April 14-15 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. For information on speakers and how to register, see the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
02/08/11: The University of Texas School of Law will be holding an event February 10-11 on the 2009 Air and Missile Warfare Manual, including a keynote address by Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton and three panel discussions.
02/02/11: The International Bar Association and the Open Society Justice Initiative will host the launch of the IBA Task Force on Terrorism Report: Terrorism and International Law: Accountability, Remedies and Reform, on 23 March 2011.
The launch will comprise of high level panel discussion and question and answer session. The expert panel, co-chaired by Justice Richard Goldstone and Amrit Singh, will discuss the major themes of the report, analyzing key current issues in international human rights and international humanitarian law; the investigation and prosecution of terrorist crimes and of international crimes committed in the course of counter-terrorism; reform in counter-terrorism and victims’ right to a remedy and reparations.
01/27/11: The Georgetown University Institute for Law, Science and Global Security is hosting a panel discussion on advances in the development of WMD programs and recommendations for action to deal with these programs. While some have argued for stricter sanctions for violators of multilateral agreements, others posit that more severe measures should be considered. When weighing the options, what are the rules governing the use of force in the international system? Leading experts in the field of international law, global security, and nonproliferation will discuss the legal and policy issues concerning the threat of force in the international system. The event will take place on Friday February 4th from 10am to 12pm in the Lohrfink Auditorium located in the Hariri Building on Georgetown University's main campus.
01/26/11: The Constitution Project is hosting an event to discuss the future of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and judicial proceedings for detainees. Experts will discuss the implications of detainee policies, including the military commissions system, the lack of pending cases in the traditional criminal justice system, and the possibility of the establishment of a more formal system of indefinite detention. This event is being held at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP at 825 Eighth Avenue in New York City on February 24th. There is no charge to attend but RSVPs are required.
01/24/11: The Georgetown University Center for Peace & Security Studies is hosting a discussion called "Whither Don't Ask Don't Tell? How We Got Here and What Happens Next." Three members of the Security Studies Program community will share their expertise, experiences, and perspectives on the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy and what the future holds now that it has been repealed. The discussion will feature Dr. Nora Bensahel, a contributing author to the RAND Corporation's study on DADT, Jonathan Hopkins, a former United States Army captain who was honorably discharged under DADT in April 2010, and Dr. Tammy S. Schultz, the Director of the National Security and Joint Warfare Course and an Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at the United States Marine Corps War College.
01/22/11: Georgetown University's Institute for Law, Science and Global Security will host a panel discussion on Friday, February 4 on "International Law and the Threat of Force." Advances in the development of WMD programs in the international system have led to a number of recommendations for action among the global community. While some have argued for stricter sanctions for violators of multilateral agreements, others posit that more severe measures should be considered. When weighing the options, what are the rules governing the use of force in the international system? Has there been a political change with respect to anticipatory self-defense and the threat of force?
01/18/11: Today the Brennan Center for Justice will be hosting a discussion to mark the release of their new report: Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks. The report raises concerns about the implementation of the 2008 Attorney General's Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations and meaningful oversight of domestic counterterrorism efforts. The panel will discuss domestic intelligence gathering, the needs of law enforcement, and the impact on Muslim communities.
01/06/11: The New America Foundation is hosting the event "Nine Years of Guantanamo: What Now?" on Tuesday, January 11, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Nine years after opening the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, the United States still faces major questions and partisan rancor over the future of the prison, the fate of its 174 remaining detainees, and the proper means of trying and holding terrorism suspects detained at home and abroad. The event hosted by the New America Foundation National Security Studies Program will discuss the prison's future, and the broader context of the state of terrorism, detention and the law today. HT to Neal R. Sonnett.
12/07/10: The International Law Reporter reports that the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University - Campus The Hague, has issued a call for papers in connection with a launch conference on May 5-6, 2011 for the research project "Post-Conflict Justice and 'Local Ownership': Assessing the Social and Legal Impact of the International Criminal Court."
11/30/10: On December 1, 2010, the American Security Initiative will host an all day conference at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC entitled "Terrorism and Global Security 2010: Is the US Winning the War?" For registration details, see http://globalsecuritystudents-autohome.eventbrite.com/.
10/28/10: On Monday, November 1, 2010, at 3:30 pm, the Georgetown Center for National Security and the Law will host a public discussion concerning the implications of the changing media technologies and national security, using the Wikileaks scandal as the platform for the discussion. Representatives of the government, media, academia, and business will participate. The panel will be a third in a series of public discussions entitled “Emerging Technology and National Security.”
10/27/10: Georgetown University, in coordination with the Program on Nonproliferation Policy and Law, will host Professor John Norton Moore and his coauthors from 'Legal Issues in the Struggle Against Terror' as well as other distinguished experts in the field to discuss alternative approaches to national security challenges. The program will take place at 10am on Friday October 29th in Copley Formal Lounge on Georgetown's main campus. Topics related to civil litigation, intelligence, and international cooperation are central elements in the debate over national security in the twenty-first century.
10/18/10: Please join the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC (“SABA-DC”) and the South Asian Law Students Association at the Georgetown University Law Center for the fourth annual SABA-DC Civil & Human Rights Symposium on October 27, 2010 from 7-9pm. The panelists will discuss the nuts and bolts of investigating and prosecuting “homegrown” terrorists, as well as the effects the Government’s efforts have had on the civil and human rights of the South Asian community in the US.
10/13/10: The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; 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 proudly announce the 20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law. The conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, November 4-5, 2010 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel. HT to the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
10/01/10: The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security will host the 20th Annual Review Conference on November 4 - 5 at the Renaissance Washington DC hotel. This even will bring together attorneys and policy makers from government and the private sector to discuss and debate issues including governance of domestic intelligence, national security and environmental change, targeted killing and use of unmanned aerial systems, national security transformation and cybersecurity. HT to the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
10/01/10: The National Security Law Association at George Washington Law, along with the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, are sponsoring a career fair on October 18th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Grand Ballroom, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20052. This event is open to all. HT to the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
09/29/10: Florida Coastal Law Review invites submissions of articles, notes, essays, and other scholarly writing for its third annual Spring Symposium scheduled for March 4, 2011: A Decade of Transformation: The Continuing Impact of 9/11 on National Security and Civil Liberty in America. Proposals should be in the form of abstracts not exceeding 500 words and the deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010. HT to the Journal for National Security Law and Policy.
09/28/10: The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice invites expressions of interest from academic participants to deliver a fully analytical paper offering a perspective on one of the themes to be covered at its 2011 Annual Conference on the topic of "Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 years after 9/11." Expressions of interest are due by October 29, 2010. HT to Journal of National Security Law and Policy.