Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
Miriam Ibrahim is a Sudanese woman who was arrested in Sudan and charged with adultery in August 2013 on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Sudan's version of Islamic law, which says Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims. The court added the charge of apostasy in February 2014, and she was sentenced to hang after refusing to renounce Christianity. Though her father was Muslim, he left her Ethiopian Orthodox mother to raise her from early childhood, and she was raised a Christian. Though she eventually was released in July 2014 and is now living in the United States, her arrest raises the question of whether and how the United States should respond to instances of the denial of religious freedom in other countries.
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
- Prof. Thomas F. Farr, Senior Fellow and Director, Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University
- Tina Ramírez, Founder and Executive Director, Hardwired, Inc.
Lars Hedegaard was prosecuted under the European “incitement to hate” law all the way up to the Danish Supreme Court. Upon a full court re-hearing he was unanimously acquitted of intending his comments for public dissemination. He then survived a terrorist assassination attempt. Mr. Hedegaard will discuss why he has devoted so much to the cause of free speech and his deep belief that robust speech is vital to the survival of Western civilization. He assessed the long-term prospects for reform of speech laws in Europe, post Charlie Hebdo, and commented on what the United States might learn from developments in Europe.
2014 National Lawyers Convention
- Lars Hedegaard, Founder, International Free Press Society
- Interviewer: Karen J. Lugo, Member, Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Executive Committee
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
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