International Human Rights Law

We've Said It – Now What? Genocide in the Middle East - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Julian Ku, Nina Shea, Gregory H. Stanton, Jeremy A. Rabkin April 12, 2016

After much prodding from human rights advocates and congressional committees, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Obama administration considers ISIS guilty of "genocide." Why did it take them so long? The Obama administration may believe the rationale that Christian purges are mitigated by the ISIS offer of historic jizya (dhimmi tax) compliance from religious objectors. But field reports reveal that, under ISIS, the jizya option has been categorically rejected. What does the genocide designation do for targeted religious groups? Does it matter that particular religious groups are described by this designation? Should we now expect a very different policy in the Middle East?


  • Prof. Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs and Hofstra Research Fellow, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
  • Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President, Genocide Watch
  • Moderator: Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Developing The International Response To The Paris Attacks - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
François-Henri Briard, Michael Chertoff December 09, 2015

The attacks by ISIS on the citizens of Paris and the world have again focused attention on the challenges of counterterrorism. In this Teleforum, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and prominent French lawyer Francois-Henri Briard addressed issues such as international cooperation on surveillance and intelligence sharing, whether policies on encryption of electronic communications need to be revised, what authorities or international institutions, if any, should be called upon in support of the use of force against ISIS, and the nature of the response from France, the U.S., Russia, and other nations.


  • Francois-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France), Delaporte, Briard & Trichet 
  • Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group

When Should America Act to Maintain International Order? - Event Audio/Video

2015 National Lawyers Convention
Colin Dueck, Benjamin H. Friedman, François-Henri Briard, Mike J. Rogers, Brian H. Hook November 18, 2015

Most would agree that the world is unsettled, with hotspots in the Middle East, North Korea, the South China Sea, and the Ukraine, to name but a few. Terrorism has complicated international relations. But exactly when, and how, should America act to maintain order? Is a muscular and expeditionary style of engagement to be favored over quiet diplomacy? Is more and faster better than less and slower? How contextual should the answers to these questions be?

International: When Should America Act to Maintain International Order?
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Prof. Colin Dueck, Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
  • Mr. Benjamin H. Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute
  • Mr. François-Henri Briard, Supreme Court Attorney (France), Delaporte, Briard & Trichet
  • Hon. Mike J. Rogers, Former U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan
  • Moderator: Mr. Brian H. Hook, former Assistant Secretary of State

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

The Story Behind Iran's Assets - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Michael Ledeen, David B. Rivkin, Jr. October 30, 2015

Iran is a highly stressed country, and an overwhelming majority of Iranians detest the regime, according to several polls and surveys (some by the regime). At the moment, thousands of teachers are protesting the arrest of seven leaders of their organization, women's protests are commonplace, and workers are on strike, having failed to be paid for several months.

From time to time the contempt of the people has erupted into open revolt, most notably in mid-summer, 2009. Yet no Western leader has supported them in any way. Since Western interests would be substantially advanced if Iran were a free country instead of a fanatical anti-Western theocratic dictatorship, is it time for the U.S. to support these people and openly work for democratic regime change in Iran?


  • Dr. Michael Ledeen, Freedom Scholar, Foundation for Defense of Democracies 
  • David B. Rivkin, Jr., Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

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