$400 Million to Iran: Ransom or Diplomacy?

Short video featuring Jamil N. Jaffer
Jamil N. Jaffer August 25, 2016

Jamil N. Jaffer explains the legal implications of the US State Department's payment of $400 million to Iran in light of US sanctions against the country. Prof. Jaffer also explores further questions: Was the payment "ransom"? Was it legal? 

Mr. Jaffer is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

What is the Future of Guantanamo Bay? - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Steven A. Engel, Karen Greenberg May 16, 2016

On his second day in office, President Obama declared that closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility would be among the top priorities of his Administration. Over seven years later, as we near the end of the President's second term, both that goal and the prison remain. The panelists analyzed the chances that President Obama will close Guantanamo Bay and the issues with which a future administration must wrestle, if he does not.


  • Steven A. Engel, Partner, Dechert LLP
  • Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security, Fordham Law School