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International Law (Treaties, Intergovernmental Relations)

When Lines in The Sea Fail: China Dismisses Hague Arbitration Court Ruling - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Julian Ku, James Kraska August 19, 2016

The Chinese Supreme People’s Court and the Chinese government have denounced the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague’s recent ruling. According to The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) provisions, island-building activity and territorial claims in the South China Sea violated international and environmental law. Was China bound by this ruling, although China objects to The Hague Arbitration Court’s jurisdiction, and claims that consent was not given? When international law, agreements, and norms are summarily voided by a losing nation, what should be the international legal and political response? Regarding international agreements specifically, does this case provide warnings for signatories to treaties and agreements? Are there lessons for the United States in the consideration of potential reservations, opt-outs, alternate venues, or waivers, and whether they were given proper regard by the Court?

Featuring:

  • Prof. James Kraska, Howard S. Levie Professor in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Prof. Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Faculty Director of International Programs, Hofstra University School of Law

Conservative Internationalism: A Look at American Foreign Policy - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Henry R. Nau, Matthew R.A. Heiman July 08, 2016

United States foreign policy regarding terrorism, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and international trade are at the center of the election debate this year. Professor Henry Nau, the author of Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan, has offered a framework for thinking about these geopolitical challenges. Avoiding the twin perils of overstretch and retrenchment, Professor Nau believes that the combination of force, diplomacy, and compromise used by these four presidents is the surest path to securing America’s interests while also promoting freedom. During this Teleforum, Professor Nau discussed his book, this year’s election, and how foreign policymakers should be thinking about America’s role in the world.

Featuring:

  • Professor Henry R. Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.
  • Matthew R.A. Heiman, Vice President, Chief Compliance & Audit Officer, Tyco International

Devolution and Secession in the Modern World - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Philip Booth, Ilya Somin June 22, 2016

On the eve of the British referendum to remain in the European Union, Phillip Booth of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Ilya Somin of George Mason University Law School discussed broader issues of devolution and secession, such as the extent to which secession should be allowed from various political systems and whether or not a right to it should be institutionalized. The also took a closer look at the possibility of a British exit, and what that would mean for the European Union and Britain as a whole.

Featuring:

  • Prof. Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School
  • Prof. Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Should the United States Cede Control of the Internet? - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
John M.R. Kneuer, Shane Tews May 26, 2016

Should the United States Cede Control of the Internet? On Tuesday, May 24, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Multistakeholder Plan for Transitioning the Internet Assigned Number Authority.” The hearing will examine the proposed transition of oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a department of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that allocates Internet IP addresses and domain names, to the global multistakeholder community. Our experts discussed the implications of the proposed transition.

Featuring:

  • John M.R. Kneuer, President and Founder, JKC Consulting LLC and Seinor Partner, Fairfax Media Partners
  • Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, American Enterprise Institute