International Law Weekend Panels of Special Interest

International & National Security Law Practice Group
Start : Saturday, October 27, 2012 09:00 AM
End : Saturday, October 27, 2012 02:00 PM

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Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY

Panel 1: Anticipatory Self-Defense: The Israeli-Iranian Crisis
This panel will explore the background and history of anticipatory self-defense, its distinctions from pre-emption, and explore the legal principle from two varying perspectives. Does Israel have the legal authority to strike Iran? What are the limits of such authority and at what point does such authority cease to exist? Does acceptance of such authority have any impacts on the international community? The assembled distinguished panel will examine the doctrine, debate, and offer perspectives on the immediate crisis with a presidential election looming.

Chair: Captain Glenn M. Sulmasy, Chairman, Department of Humanities and Professor of Law, U.S. Coast Guard Academy


  • Major General Charles J. Dunlap, U.S. Air Force (ret), Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security and Professor of the Practice of Law , Duke University
  • Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law
  • Lori F. Damrosch, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization and Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia Law School; Co-Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of International Law

Panel 2: International Organizations and the Use of Armed Force
This panel explores the role of international organizations in the context of evolving norms of international security and the use of armed force. Specifically, this panel will analyze the R2P doctrine, as evidenced by the intervention in Libya and self-defense doctrine as evidenced by interventions in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other states. What role do international organizations (IOs) and regional organizations (ROs) play in legitimizing these actions? When ROs with overlapping authority differ as to the propriety of a military intervention, which organization’s opinion should trump? Do variables such as membership, respect for human rights, resources, and internal governance matter for assessing the value of a RO’s blessing? The panel will address head-on whether the support or opposition of a regional organization should matter when judging the legitimacy of the use of armed force.

Moderator: Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP; Member, ABILA Executive Committee


  • Gregory S. McNeal, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Jordan Paust, Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Kristin Chapman, Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
Registration details:

Panel 1: Anticipatory Self-Defense: The Israeli-Iranian Crisis
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
McNally Amphitheatre

Panel 2: International Organizations and the Use of Armed Force
Room 302