International Human Rights Law

Congress as "Iran Deal" Enforcer? - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Alan M. Dershowitz, Dennis Ross, Jamil N. Jaffer September 04, 2015

With final congressional review action on the Iran Deal just days away, is Congress empowered to act in a fully informed manner with the vital information pertinent to all side agreements? Is the IAEA predictably a trustworthy actor? What tools might the people’s branch of government utilize to provide oversight and enforcement capability if Iran is in violation? Prof. Alan Dershowitz and Ambassador Dennis Ross approached these questions from different perspectives drawn from deep historical and geopolitical experience. Prof. Dershowitz is author of a book entitled The Case Against the Iran Deal: How Can We Now Stop Iran from Getting Nukes? and Ambassador Ross most recently wrote "How to Put Some Teeth into The Nuclear Deal with Iran" with David Patraeus. 


  • Professor Alan Dershowtiz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, The Washington Institute
  • Moderator: Jamil Jaffer, Former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The Meriam Ibrahim Case and International Religious Liberty - Podcast

Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
Thomas F. Farr, Tina Ramírez March 03, 2015

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.

  • 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.

Danish Publisher: Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech in Europe and US - Podcast

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Podcast
Lars Hedegaard, Karen J. Lugo February 23, 2015

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.

  • Lars Hedegaard, Founder, International Free Press Society
  • Interviewer: Karen J. Lugo, Member, Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Executive Committee

Who Defines International Law? - Event Video

2014 National Lawyers Convention
John Bellinger, Ryan Goodman, Michael W. Lewis, Deborah Pearlstein, John C. Yoo, Carlos T. Bea, John O. McGinnis November 17, 2014

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
Washington, DC

How Free Should Trade Be? - Event Audio/Video

International Law Weekend 2014
Celeste Drake, John O. McGinnis, Grover Joseph Rees III, Matthew R.A. Heiman November 04, 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
Fordham University School of Law