Law of War

“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

Developing The International Response To The Paris Attacks

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Monday, November 30, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

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 will address 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 Chariman 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 War on Terror - Event Audio/Video

2015 Texas Chapters Conference
Margaret Spellings, Michael Chertoff, William J. Haynes, Michael B. Mukasey, Larry D. Thompson, John Rizzo October 02, 2015

On September 19, 2015, The Federalist Society hosted the 2015 Texas Chapters Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings welcomed the attendees at the start of the conference. The following panel featured a retrospective on the War on Terror and the Rule of Law.


  • Hon. Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Presidential Center and former United States Secretary of Education

Panel: The War on Terror

  • Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
  • Hon. William Haynes, II, former General Counsel, Department of Defense
  • Hon. Michael Mukasey, former Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Hon. Larry D. Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Moderator:  Mr. John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

September 19, 2015
Dallas, TX