2014 National Lawyers Convention
This panel will consider the process for determining the content of international law, including the Law of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law. The International Committee of the Red Cross and other committees established by multilateral human rights conventions are often thought to enjoy a special competence in this process. Should they? The panel will discuss these questions, including the debate between the ICRC and the U.S. on counterterrorism measures and the legality of bulk surveillance for national security purposes.
The Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group presented this panel on "Who Defines International Law?" on Friday, November 14, during the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.
- Hon. John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, former Legal Adviser to the Department of State, former Senior Associate Counsel to the President, and former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council
- Prof. Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
- Prof. Michael W. Lewis, Ella A. and Ernest H. Fisher Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University
- Prof. Deborah Pearlstein, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Prof. John Choon Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
- Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
- Introduction: Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Mayflower Hotel International Law Weekend 2014
The panel of experts will focus on international trade and what limits, if any, should be applied. Likely topics to be addressed will include Presidential fast-track trade negotiation authority, the benefits and burdens of free trade, whether trade is an effective tool of foreign policy (e.g. binding countries together, sanctions), and multilateral versus global trade deals. The panelists are expected to have differing points of view, and we expect a lively discussion.
The Federalist Society co-sponsored this panel from the International Law Weekend 2014 held at Fordham University School of Law on October 25, 2014.
- Ms. Celeste Drake, Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO
- Prof. John McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law
- Hon. Grover Joseph Rees, Former U.S. Ambassador to East Timor
- Moderator: Mr. Matthew Heiman, Vice President and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, Tyco International Ltd.
October 25, 2014 International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Fordham University School of Law
Bitcoin is the most prominent cryptographic digital currency emerging as a privately-created medium of exchange. What exactly are these currencies, and what is their impact on commerce, government, and national security?
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
- Jim Harper, Global Policy Counsel, The Bitcoin Foundation, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
- Chip Poncy, Co-founder, The Financial Integrity Network, and former Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Treasury
- Moderator: Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Partner, Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP
In 2001, Argentina defaulted on $80 billion of government bonds. When issuing the bonds in the early 1990s, Argentina expressly waived sovereign immunity, in order to get higher value for the bonds it issued. Now, Argentina is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals requiring disclosure of information about the country’s assets. What are the extent of the plaintiff’s rights to discovery of Argentina’s assets? Does the answer depend on the location, use, or character of the assets? The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital on Monday, April 21, 2014. Our expert offered his impression of the arguments and answered questions from a call-in audience.
- Prof. Michael D. Ramsey, Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law, Director, International & Comparative Law Programs, University of San Diego School of Law