International Human Rights Law

Dealing with Putin’s Russia: What is the Best Approach? - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Brian H. Hook, Heather Hurlburt August 05, 2014

From the time he entered office after being tapped by Boris Yeltsin to succeed him, President Vladimir Putin’s overarching objective was to consolidate power – at home and abroad.  From earlier focuses on the Russian economy and quashing internal rivals, President Putin now seeks to recover geo-strategic assets lost in the Soviet collapse, which he called “the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the 20th century.”

President Putin's adventurism in the “post-Soviet space” was previously limited to cyber-activities in the Baltics, widespread regional economic and security pressure, and the 2008 invasion of Georgia.  But in 2014 he aimed far higher by invading and annexing Crimea and then destabilizing eastern Ukraine.  The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine has caused the West to re-assess its overall approach to Russia.

What is President Putin up to? How far will he go?  What should the United States do to deter President Putin's ambitions to make Russia the dominant power in Eurasia?  And what are our European allies willing to do?

  • Hon. Brian H. Hook, Founder, Latitude, LLC and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
  • Ms. Heather Hurlburt, Senior Fellow in National Security, Human Rights First

National Security, the U.N., and the Extraterritorial Application of Treaties - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Peter S. Margulies, C. Nicholas Rostow, Edwin D. Williamson March 20, 2014

United Nations

The United States Government has consistently interpreted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other key treaties as not applying to its actions outside the U.S. It is in the process of explaining that interpretation to a United Nations monitoring panel, which disagrees. This process has potential implications for both the fight against terrorists and intelligence gathering. What should the U.S. position be?


  • Prof. Peter S. Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Dr. C. Nicholas Rostow, Director, Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University, and Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Edwin D. Williamson, Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Natural Law and Natural Rights - Event Audio/Video

16th Annual Faculty Conference
Michael Baur, Brian Bengs, Michael P. Moreland, Jeremy A. Rabkin, Roderick M. Hills, Eric R. Claeys January 09, 2014

Natural Law and Natural Rights - Event Audio/VideoThe Federalist Society's Faculty Division hosted this panel discussion on "Natural Law and Natural Rights" on Saturday, January 4, 2014, during the 16th Annual Faculty Conference.

Panel 3: Natural Law and Natural Rights
Kent/Surrey Room
9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

  • Prof. Michael Baur, Fordham University School of Law, "What Rights Are and Why There Are Any: What the Classical (Aristotelian-Thomistic) Natural Law Approach Has to Say?"
  • Lt. Col. Brian? Bengs, NATO School, "Self Defense Under Siege: The Role of Individual Self Defense in the Battlespace?"
  • Commenter: Prof. Michael Moreland, Villanova University School of Law?
  • Commenter: Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, George Mason University School of Law?
  • Commenter: Prof. Roderick Hills Jr., New York University School of Law
  • Moderator: Prof. Eric Claeys, George Mason University School of Law

Warwick New York Hotel
New York NY

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