Military Law

Detained Suspected Terrorists: Try in Military Courts or Civilian Courts? - Event Audio/Video

2014 Annual Student Symposium
Laura Donohue, Christopher Jenks, Peter S. Margulies, Deborah Pearlstein, A. Raymond Randolph March 25, 2014

Detained Suspected Terrorists: Try in Military Courts or Civilian Courts? - Event Audio/VideoThis panel will address the ongoing debate regarding trying, convicting and punishing suspected terrorists. Should military tribunals be abandoned in favor of trying individuals in Article III courts? A mere seven individuals held in Guantanamo Bay have been tried and convicted by military commissions, while DOJ reports that more than 500 individuals have been convicted of terrorism related offenses. What has prevented the trial of suspected terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay? Should military commissions for suspected terrorists and other enemies be abandoned or do they serve a valuable function?

The University of Florida Student Chapter hosted this panel discussion during the 2014 Annual Student Symposium on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

1:45 – 3:30 p.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union

  • Prof. Laura Donohue, Professor of Law Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Christopher Jenks, Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Prof. Peter S. Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Prof. Deborah Pearlstein, Assistant Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit

University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL

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National Security, the U.N., and the Extraterritorial Application of Treaties - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Peter S. Margulies, C. Nicholas Rostow, Edwin D. Williamson March 20, 2014

United Nations

The United States Government has consistently interpreted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other key treaties as not applying to its actions outside the U.S. It is in the process of explaining that interpretation to a United Nations monitoring panel, which disagrees. This process has potential implications for both the fight against terrorists and intelligence gathering. What should the U.S. position be?


  • Prof. Peter S. Margulies, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Dr. C. Nicholas Rostow, Director, Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University, and Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School
  • Hon. Edwin D. Williamson, Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video

16th Annual Faculty Conference
Andrew Kent, Joshua Kleinfeld, Robert Leider, Aaron Nielson, Ozan Varol, Thomas W. Merrill, Steven G. Calabresi January 09, 2014

Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/VideoThe Federalist Society's Faculty Division hosted this panel featuring young legal scholar paper presentations on Saturday, January 4, 2014, during the 16th Annual Faculty Conference.

Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations
Kent/Surrey Room??
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

  • Prof. Andrew Kent, Fordham University School of Law, "Are Damages Different? Bivens and National Security"
  • Prof. Joshua Kleinfeld, Northwestern University School of Law, "Redressive Justice"
  • Dr. Robert Leider, Law Clerk to the Hon. Diane Sykes, "Federalism and the Military Power of the United States"
  • Prof. Aaron Nielson, BYU Law School, "In Defense of Formal Rulemaking"
  • Prof. Ozan Varol, Lewis & Clark Law School, "Temporary Constitutions"
  • Commenter??Prof. Thomas Merrill, Columbia Law School 
  • Moderator: Prof. Steven Calabresi, Northwestern Law School

Warwick New York Hotel
New York NY

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First Steps on Immigration Reform? The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2013 - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Evan Armstrong, Margaret D. Stock, Dean A. Reuter May 21, 2013

First Steps on Immigration Reform? The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2013 - PodcastThe immigration reform debate is a major discussion topic in Congress this year. The Senate has already outlined a bipartisan compromise to deal with border security, visas, and citizenship for the estimated 11 million currently residing in the U.S. While a larger debate on comprehensive reform is unfolding, there are smaller steps under consideration, like H.R. 435, The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2013. The experts on this previously recorded conference call discuss what this legislation seeks to accomplish and whether it will be a positive step forward in the ongoing immigration debate.


  • Mr. Evan Armstrong, General Counsel and Legislative Assistant to Representative Mike Coffman
  • Prof. Margaret D. Stock, Counsel, Lane Powell PC and Adjunct Instructor, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offences - Podcast

International & National Security Practice Group Podcast
Emily Dyer, Robin Simcox, Andrew C. McCarthy, David C.F. Ray May 06, 2013

Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offences - Podcast“Al-Qaeda in the United States,” a unique and previously unreleased work of The Henry Jackson Society, constitutes the most in-depth analysis of al-Qaeda (AQ) terrorism in the United States to date. At over 700 pages, the publication provides a comprehensive analysis of all those convicted of AQ and AQ-inspired terrorism in U.S. courts since 1997, or who committed suicide attacks on U.S. soil.

As well as profiles of all those who committed such offences, the report contains a statistical breakdown and analysis of key trends, including nationality, age, occupation, percentage of religious converts, education levels, type of charge, the role of each individual offender, connections to terrorist networks, whether terrorist training was undertaken, place of residence, whether the individual had combat experience, and more.

In the report’s foreword, former CIA Director General Michael Hayden writes “A study of this scale, of this ambition and of this meticulousness has never before been attempted in the United States and its findings will allow those responsible for our security and our liberty to make judgments based on fact rather than on hyperbole, fear or prejudice.”

The report’s co-authors, Robin Simcox and Emily Dyer, both of the Henry Jackson Society, and National Review Contributing Editor Andrew C. McCarthy discuss the report and answer questions from the audience.


  • Ms. Emily Dyer, Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society
  • Mr. Robin Simcox, Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society
  • Commentary by: Mr. Andrew C. McCarthy, Executive Director, Philadelphia Freedom Center
  • Moderator: Mr. David C.F. Ray, Associate Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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