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International Law in the Trump Era: Expectations, Hopes, and Fears

International & National Security Law Practice Group and Student Division Conference Monday, January 23, 08:30 AMGewirz Student Center
Floor 12
Georgetown University Law Center
120 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
World map with flags

The Federalist Society's Practice Group and Student Divisions and the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) are pleased to present a half-day conference on the future of international and national law under freshly inaugurated President Trump. The first panel will focus on the future of trade law, under a president who made free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA a campaign issue. The second panel will discuss the future of American alliances and interventions under the Trump administration. Lunch will feature a lively discussion between leading international lawyers the Hon. John Bellinger and Associate Dean and Professor Rosa Brooks. The luncheon panel will be moderated by Professor David Stewart.

Join us Monday, January 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. for a morning program and luncheon at Georgetown University Law Center to hear our legal experts the future of international and national security law under the new administration.

Click here to watch this event live.

A Panel Discussion on the 2017 Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter Monday, January 23, 06:00 PMFSU College of Law
Room 101
425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301


  • Sandy D’Alemberte, former president of the ABA and former president of FSU
  • Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure & Governance Policyat the Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. J. Robert McClure, President and CEO of The James Madison Institute
  • Peter Schorsch, President of Extensive Enterprises and publisher of and
  • Sen. Greg Steube, Florida Senate, 23rd District
  • Dr. Carol Weissert, Director of the Leroy Collins Institute at FSU


Courthouse Steps: Ziglar v. Abbasi

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum Friday, January 27, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Ziglar v. Abbasi is the result of over a decade of remands and appeals. The case was originally filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of incarcerated Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens who were targeted after 9/11 by law enforcement as “terrorism suspects.” The defendants in the case, high level officials in the Bush administration, such as Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller, and low level detention officials, filed a motion to dismiss which was rejected by the in the District Court.

In 2009, the Supreme Court decided in Ashcroft v. Iqbal that government officials were not liable for discriminatory actions of their subordinates without evidence they directly ordered the actions. Meanwhile, five of the petitioners in Ziglar settled with the government, and the case was remanded to the District Court and amended. In 2010, the District Court granted a new motion of dismissal, but only for the high level officials. This dismissal was reversed by the Second Circuit and then the government petitioned the Supreme Court for review.

Professor Jamil Jaffer will join us to discuss the oral argument of this case, which was held on January 18.


  • Prof. Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, Homeland and National Security Law Program, George Mason University School of Law and former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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