International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
In the summer of 2015, the Federalist Society lost a great friend with the passing of Professor Michael W. Lewis. Professor Lewis was a veteran, a scholar, and a loving father and husband. His specialties were in the areas of the law of armed conflict and International Humanitarian Law. Last year, the Mike Lewis Memorial Teleforum focused on the U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual. This year, our experts will discuss the White House Report on the Use of Force.
In December 2016, the Obama Administration released a comprehensive report on the "legal and policy frameworks" governing the use of military force. The report sets forth the Obama Administration's view of the domestic and international legal bases for military operations against terrorist groups; the law of armed conflict and targeting in those operations; detention; civilian casualties; interrogation; and other related issues. This Podcast analyzed the document's description of the applicable law, but also considered why the Obama Administration chose to release this unusual document at this point and what effect (if any) it will have on policy and practice going forward.
- Mr. Steven G. Bradbury, Partner, Dechert LLP
- Mr. Phillip Carter, Senior Fellow & Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, Center for a New American Security
- Adam Klein, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
International & National Security Law Practice Group
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 2015 National Lawyers Convention
New York, NY
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.
- 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 2015 Texas Chapters Conference
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