International Law (Treaties, Intergovernmental Relations)

“Power Wars”: Inside the War on Terror

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Friday, December 11, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Charlie Savage, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, has just released his new book, "Power Wars." The book is an examination of the legal issues surrounding the War on Terror as practiced in the Obama Administration. Following up on his earlier examination of the Bush White House, this book takes us behind the scenes into the heart of the legal debates. Readers get a front row seat to watch as President Obama and his lawyers consider whether it is lawful to send a SEAL team strike into Pakistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden. They see the cross currents at play in debates over NSA surveillance and drone strikes in Yemen, and much more.

Join us for this Teleforum, where Mr. Savage speaks to the Federalist Society about his book and answers questions about what he has learned.


  • Charlie Savage, Washington Correspondent, New York Times
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Principal, Red Branch Law & Consulting PLLC

The International Law and Policy of Counterterrorism - Event Audio/Video

International & National Security Law Practice Group
Jamil N. Jaffer, Matthew R.A. Heiman, Adam R. Pearlman, Peter S. Margulies, Vincent J. Vitkowsky November 23, 2015

As ISIS, al Qaeda and its offshoots, and other groups spread terror across the globe, it is vital to establish a strong framework for the international law and policy of counterterrorism. This includes understandings and cooperation on surveillance, detention, counterterrorism finance, and the law of espionage. These subjects will be addressed by panelists with both real world and academic experience.

This panel was presented by the American Branch of International Law Association, the International Law Students Association, and the Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group at the 2015 International Law Weekend at Fordham University School of Law on November 6, 2015.


  • Prof. Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, Homeland & National Security Law Program at George Mason University School of Law, former Chief Counsel & Senior Advisor at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush
  • Mr. Matthew Heiman, Vice President, Chief Compliance and Audit Officer, Tyco International; former Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division; former Legal Advisor, Coalition Provisional Authority, Ministry of Justice, Iraq
  • Mr. Adam R. Pearlman, Associate Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense (appearing in his personal capacity and not as a representative of the Department of Defense); Co-Editor of The American Bar Association's publication The U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook
  • Prof. Peter Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams Law School
  • Moderator: Mr. Vincent Vitkowsky, Partner, Seiger Gfeller & Laurie LLP, member of the Executive Committee of ABILA, and Chairman of the Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group

Fordham University School of Law
New York, NY

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

"The Drone Papers": What They Reveal About The Fight Against Terrorism (And What They Don't) - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Adam Klein October 30, 2015

In October of 2015, The Intercept, a website founded by Edward Snowden confidant Glenn Greenwald, unveiled "The Drone Papers," a series of stories based on secret documents provided by a new, anonymous leaker in the U.S. Government. Many in the media hailed the series, calling for congressional investigations and major changes in U.S. policy.

Adam Klein, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discussed "The Drone Papers" -- what they are, what they reveal about U.S. operations, what claims they do and do not support, and the implications for counterterrorism law and policy.


  • Adam Klein, Visiting Fellow, Center for a New American Security