Upcoming National Security Conference (Federalist Society, April 5)

By Robert Chesney
Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:44 PM

The Federalist Society's upcoming (April 5) national security and law symposium features an array of great speakers, including Ben and Steve.  Details below:

2012 National Security Symposium

International & National Security Law Practice Group

Start : Thursday, April 5, 2012 10:00 AM

End   : Thursday, April 5, 2012 3:00 PM

Location: Jones Day LLP 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC

2012 National Security SymposiumPlease join us for an important update on law and policy issues related to America's national security. The conference will include a major keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. The conference will also discuss cybersecurity and the limits of detention, interrogation, and trying of terrorist suspects.



Welcome and Introduction 10:00 a.m.

  • Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Adjunct Fellow, Center for Law and Counterterrorism

Panel One: Detention, Interrogation and Trial of Terrorist Suspects – 10 Years Later 10:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The legal ambiguities associated with the classification, interrogation and adjudication of al Qaeda members alleged to have committed war crimes continue to hamper the Obama administration’s national security policy. This confusion and the inconsistent application of laws to govern the conflict have exacerbated criticism of the U. S. approach to the war on al Qaeda. This panel will analyze, from myriad perspectives, U. S. policy and practice on these issues as we enter the second decade of the armed conflict.

  • Prof. Nathan A. Sales, George Mason University School of Law
  • Charles D. “Cully” Stimson, former Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense (Detainee Affairs) and Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation
  • Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law
  • Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Moderator: Prof. Glenn M. Sulmasy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Luncheon Address: National Security After U.S. v. Jones 12:00 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael Chertoff, Co-founder and Managing Principal, The Chertoff Group and former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Panel Two: Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cybersecurity must address complicated and interconnected threats of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure sectors, cybertheft of personal data, cyberespionage, cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism. It raises challenging practical, legal and policy issues, including what proposals would be effective, the scope of regulatory authority, the nature of information sharing and liability protections, and the preservation of internet freedom and privacy.

  • Hon. Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
  • Matthew J. Eggers, Senior Director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharon Bradford Franklin, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project
  • Jamil N. Jaffer, Senior Counsel, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Moderator: Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Adjunct Fellow, Center for Law and Counterterrorism

Registration details:

There is no fee, but space is limited and registration is required.

Up to 3 CLE credits possible for $25.