November 23, 2013

On December 10 at 6:30 PM, the New York City Bar will present a panel discussion, “The First Amendment in an Age of Terror”.

The U.S. government’s aggressive efforts in recent years to prosecute those who disclose classified information has sparked the debate over whether the government is properly protecting information that is critical to our national security or is chilling the First Amendment’s ability to promote the free exchange of ideas and serve as a check on government wrongdoing.

This program will debate issues relating to leaks and whistleblowers, government surveillance, and the role of the press within the context of the continuing struggle against terrorism.


Floyd Abrams Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Janine Gibson U.S. Editor, The Guardian

Jameel Jaffer Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Hon. Robert D. Sack U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Second Circuit


Jonathan Hafetz Associate Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law

The City Bar is located at 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY.

Registration is free here.

nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: Debate on Drone Strikes and International Law (Cornell, Nov. 21)

November 20, 2013

2013 Lund Critical Debate on drone attacks and international law

The 2013 Lund Critical Debate will take place on Thursday, November 21st, at 4:30PM in the Statler Auditorium. Michael W. Lewis, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, will debate Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame, on the topic of "Deaths by Drone: Are they Illegal?" Jens Ohlin, Professor of Law in the Cornell Law School, will join the debate as a discussant. The debate will be moderated by Matthew Evangelista, the President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University.

A more detailed description of the event can be found here:

nationalsecuritylaw Upcoming Event (11/14 at 6:30pm): “A Conversation with Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military COmmission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay”

November 8, 2013

A Conversation With Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:30pm – 8 pm

NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th St, NYC (between 5th and 6th Avenues)


The Guantanamo Bay military commissions have become one of the biggest legal controversies of the past decade. Attorneys representing military commission defendants have faced reading of their legal mail, monitoring devices in attorney-client meeting rooms, and interruption of arguments by an outside intelligence agency. Jess Bravin, author of The Terror Courts, will discuss the recent history of the military commissions; two of the defense attorneys, Commander Walter Ruiz and James Connell, will describe the ongoing challenge of trying to practice law at Guantanamo.

This is a follow-up to a program at the Association with Brigadier General Mark Martins, the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions.

MODERATOR: Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

SPEAKERS: James Connell, Learned Counsel for Ammar al Baluchi, and Commander Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., Learned Counsel for Mustafa Al Hawsawi

CO-SPONSORING COMMITTEES: Military Affairs & Justice Committee (Maia Goodell, Chair) & The Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law (Jonathan Hafetz, Chair)

nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event (Tuesday, November 19) – Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: The Current State of Play

November 8, 2013

Georgetown Law’s

Center on National Security and the Law

and National Security Law Society

proudly present a three-part discussion series this autumn:

Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering

in the United States: The Current State of Play

To discuss the past, on September 24, 2013 we hosted Senator Leahy (D-VT) and former members of the Church Committee in a discussion to derive key principles in how intelligence gathering should be approached.

Please join us on November 19, 2013 for the second event in the series, focused on the present.

Introductory Remarks

William Treanor

Dean, Georgetown Law

Keynote Address

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner



Jameel Jaffer – Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Democracy

Robert Litt – General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Matthew Olsen – Former General Counsel, National Security Agency

Marc Rotenberg – President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Laura K. Donohue – Professor, Georgetown Law (moderator)

November 19, 2013 – 9:30 am to noon

Hart Auditorium

Georgetown Law

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20001

Reception to follow

Please RSVP to rsvp2

Please direct questions to nationalsecurity