nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event – “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data: National Security in an Age of Unlimited Information” (G’town Law, Feb. 27, 2013)

February 22, 2013

The Journal of National Security Law & Policy and

The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law

cordially invite you to

Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data:

National Security in an Age of Unlimited Information

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency

Georgetown University Law Center

Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor

120 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Big Data is transforming national security capabilities. Despite massive data-storage capacity and sophisticated analytical tools for processing data from myriad sensors, the rate of data collection is outstripping our ability to analyze it. Compounding this challenge is an outdated and piecemeal legal and policy framework governing how data is collected, stored, shared, and used. “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data” will demystify Big Data, address its challenges and potential, and chart a legal and policy framework for an evolving technology.

Twitter hashtag: #bigdata

RSVP: Big Data Symposium at Georgetown Law

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Denise Bell, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Senior Symposium Editor

Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center

William Banks, Journal of National Security Law & Policy Editor-in-Chief & Professor of Law, Syracuse University

Panel 1: Mapping the Ocean: The Fundamentals, Challenges, and Applications of Big Data

The sheer amount and ever-increasing sophistication of information have overwhelmed systems to store, share, and analyze data. How can the ocean of data be turned into actionable intelligence? How can we harness transformational technology for national security while protecting privacy in a society where people both willingly and unknowingly build large individual databases about themselves?

Professor Julie Cohen, Moderator, Georgetown University Law Center

Dr. Matthew Gordon, Forward Deployed Engineer for Legal Intelligence, Palantir Technologies

Sean Fahey, Vice Provost for Institutional Research, The Johns Hopkins University

Professor Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group & Policy Director for Technology and Society, World Wide Web Consortium

Panel 2: Building Sturdy Harbors: A Forward-Looking Law and Policy Framework for Big Data

What legal and policy framework should be applied to the privacy, civil liberties, and national security issues raised by Big Data collection, storage, sharing, and analysis? Does current law and policy adequately address these concerns? Moving forward, how will and how should law and policy catch up to govern emerging technologies?

Professor Laura Donohue, Moderator, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Jennifer Granick, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society

Alex Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Paul Ohm, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Trade Commission & Professor of Law, University of Colorado

Keynote Address

The Honorable Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency

Panel 3: Charting the Future: What to Expect from Big Data

A solution-oriented roundtable discussion, this panel will feature a case study of a Big Data application under development, followed by a discussion of the legal and policy protections that should be in place to extract value from that application while mitigating the risks associated with its research, national security, and commercial use.

Professor Stephen Vladeck, Moderator, American University, Washington College of Law

Adam Isles, Case Study Author, Managing Director, Chertoff Group, LLC

Mary Ellen Callahan, Partner, Jenner & Block

Elisebeth Cook, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Counsel at WilmerHale

John Grant, Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir Technologies

Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology

Robert O’Harrow, Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post

Registration & Continental Breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.

Keynote Luncheon begins at 12:45 p.m.

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Twitter hashtag: #bigdata

RSVP: Big Data Symposium at Georgetown Law


Please contact the Journal of National Security Law & Policy at info with questions.

nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Llaneza (N.D.Cal.) (arrest in sting operation)

February 8, 2013

From DOJ’s press release. See also the attached criminal complaint:

United States Attorney Melinda Haag

Northern District of California

Complaint AS FILED 213.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: ICRC/Georgetown Panel Discussion on Detention in NIAC (2/28 at 4:00 at G’town)

February 6, 2013

From our friends at the ICRC and Georgetown:

Dear friends and colleagues,

We share below an invitation to a panel event co-sponsored by the ICRC and hosted by the Georgetown National Security Law Center. The discussion will be on Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict. We look forward to an interesting and informative dialogue and hope you will be able to join us.

Kind regards,
ICRC Washington

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Panel Discussion:

“Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict”

Date: February 28th, 2013
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Place: Georgetown Law, Gewirz 12
600 New Jersey Ave. NW


William K. Lietzau – Defense Department, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy

Daniel Cahen – Legal Advisor to the ICRC’s Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada

Jen Daskal – Fellow for the Center on Law and National Security, Georgetown University Law Center

Raha Wala – Advocacy Counsel at Human Rights First, Law and Security Program

Moderated By:

Gary Solis – Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center
and George Washington University Law School

*A light food selection and non-alcoholic beverages to be served

Hosted By:

Georgetown Law’s
The National Security Law Society
The International Committee of the Red Cross

RSVP: icrcevents

nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: Invitation to Georgetown Law Sanctions Symposium – Feb. 13

February 1, 2013

You are invited to an all-day Symposium on economic sanctions at Georgetown Law on Wednesday, February 13. Please find a brief description and agenda below. Attendance is complementary. To register, please visit the following link:

I hope to see you on the 13th.


Ryan Farha

Symposium Editor

Georgetown Journal of International Law

The Evolution of Economic Sanctions:

Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust

Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In recent years, economic sanctions have evolved significantly to keep pace with new technologies and strengthened global economic links. Formerly, the use of sanctions was often focused on trade in goods; however, as new methods of evading trade sanctions have developed and as capital has become more mobile, governments have increasingly targeted international financial transactions and flows, perhaps best exemplified by recent U.S. sanctions against Iran. In addition, enhanced coordination among the United States, European Union, and United Nations has produced a thorough multilateral network of sanctions, notwithstanding occasional blind spots. Partially as a result of these developments, economic sanctions are a more robust tool for policymakers today than in the past.

To explore these issues, the Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL), Center for Transnational Business and the Law, and Center for National Security and the Law proudly present the 2013 GJIL Symposium, entitled “The Evolution of Economic Sanctions: Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust.” This day-long event will take place on February 13, 2013, at the Georgetown University Law Center. The Symposium will feature a keynote speech by Treasury Assistant Secretary Daniel Glaser. There will also be four panels on: the legal basis and technical operation of financial sanctions; the significant legal and economic impacts of these sanctions on targeted activities; coordination as well as incongruity among U.S., EU, and UN sanctions programs; and a survey of other legal, political, and humanitarian issues raised by sanctions.

8:30-9:00 A.M.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 A.M.

Ryan M. Farha, Symposium Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law

Opening Remarks by Associate Dean Gregory Klass, Georgetown Law

9:15-10:45 A.M.

Panel 1: The Legal Basis and Technical Operation of Financial Sanctions

Moderated by Professor Barry E. Carter, Co-Director of the Center on Transnational Business and the Law

Peter Chessick, Attorney-Adviser, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

William B. Hoffman, Chief Counsel to OFAC (1989-2000) and former Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell

Sean M. Thornton, Chief Counsel to OFAC (2005-2012); Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

10:45-11:00 A.M.

Coffee Break

11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Panel 2: The Legal and Economic Impacts of Financial Sanctions on Targeted Activities and Affected Institutions

Moderated by Greta Lichtenbaum, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Michael M. Lieberman, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury

William A. Reinsch, President, National Foreign Trade Council

12:15-1:30 P.M.

Keynote Speech & Lunch

Introductory Remarks by Professor Barry E. Carter, Co-Director of the Center on Transnational Business and the Law

Daniel L. Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury

1:30-2:45 P.M.

Panel 3: Coordination and Incongruity Among U.S., EU, and UN Sanctions

Moderated by David D. Aufhauser, Partner, Williams & Connolly

Carol A. Fuchs, Counsel for International Trade, General Electric

Court E. Golumbic, Managing Director, Compliance Department, Goldman Sachs

David Mortlock, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, U.S. Department of State

Meredith Rathbone, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

2:45-3:00 P.M.

Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 P.M.

Panel 4: A Survey of Other Legal, Political, and Humanitarian Issues Raised by Sanctions

Moderated by Professor David P. Stewart, Co-Director of the Center on Transnational Business and the Law

Debbie Adams, Managing Director of Law and Governance, GAVI Alliance

Professor Carol Joy Gordon, Fairfield University

Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Dianne E. Rennack, Specialist in Foreign Policy Legislation, Congressional Research Service

4:30-5:30 P.M.