Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)
Monday, February 27th at 11:00am, & Tuesday, February 28th at 9am: The Georgetown Journal of International Law will host a two-day conference on International Law in the U.S. Context: Where We Stand, Where We Fall, and Where We Need to Be. Details are available here.
Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30pm: The New York City Bar Association will host a panel on Will the Surveillance State Doom Transatlantic Data Transfer?: The Future of the US-EU Privacy Shield Agreement. Peter Margulies will moderate. More information is available here.
Wednesday, March 1st at 9:00am: The Brookings Institution will host two panels for a discussion on The Future of the European Security Order. Register here.
Wednesday, March 1st at 10am: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, featuring one classified and one unclassified panel. Testifying on the unclassified panel will be Jeff Kosseff, April Doss, Elizabeth Goitein, and Adam Klein. More details here.
Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm: Just Security will hold a fireside chat with Senator Ron Wyden, Jennifer Granick, and Charlie Savage on Modern Surveillance Under the Trump Administration. Register here.
Friday, March 3rd at 10am: At the Elliott School of International Affairs, Ambassador Michael McFaul will speak on Explaining Our New Cold War with Russia: Can Trump End It? RSVP here.
Friday, March 3rd at 12:30pm: The NYU School of Law and Just Security will host Benjamin Wittes for a discussion on What Happens When We Don’t Believe the President’s Oath of Office? Register here.
Calls for Papers
Since 2007, the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, has annually recognized a paper that significantly enhances the understanding and implementation of the law of war has. The Richard R. Baxter Military Prize is awarded for exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality. The Prize. The winner will receive a certificate confirming that he or she has won the 2017 Lieber Society Richard R. Baxter Military Prize and a one-year membership in the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The judges may also select additional persons to receive Lieber Society Richard R. Baxter Military Prize Certificates of Merit.
Request for Assistance. Any person receiving this Call for Papers who is aware of exceptional writing that meets the qualifications of this competition is requested to nominate the paper directly to the Lieber Society and forward this Call to the author of that paper.
Definition of the Law of War. For this competition, the Law of War is that part of international law that regulates the conduct of armed hostilities. Papers may address any aspect of the law of war, including, but not limited to the use of force in international law; the conduct of hostilities during international and non-international armed conflicts; protected persons and protected objects; the law of weapons; rules of engagement; treatment of detainees, to include interrogation procedures; and occupation law. Papers addressing practical problems confronting members of armed forces are preferred.
Qualifications for entering the competition. Persons submitting papers do not have to be ASIL members. They may be citizens of any nation, but they must be an active member of a nation’s regular or reserve armed forces.
Papers that may be entered. Papers submitted in this competition must be in English (or translated into English if written in another language). Paper length may not exceed 35 pages if written with single line spacing or 70 pages if written with double line spacing, including footnotes. Paper size must be either 8.5 x 11 or A4, with all margins at least one inch and at least 12 point font. Both papers that have been published and papers that have not been published will be considered for the Baxter Prize.
Required Contact Data. All submissions must contain the following data on the author of the paper: full name and military rank or rating, current postal and e-mail addresses, and current telephone number. If a person other than the author is making the submission, it must also contain the above data for the person submitting the paper.
Deadline for submitting papers. Papers for the 2017 competition must be received no later than Friday, March 17th, 2017.
Use of email to submit papers. Electronic submissions in Adobe format (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) are preferred. They should be sent to Lieber Military Prize Coordinator Chris Jenks at Cjenks@smu.edu
Use of the postal system to submit papers. Submissions by postal mail should be sent to: Chris Jenks, SMU Dedman School of Law, PO Box 750116, Dallas Texas 75275-0116
Acknowledgement of submissions. All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.
Announcement of winner. The winner and any persons receiving Certificates of Merit will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC, April 12-15, 2017.
The Judge Advocate General's School (AFJAGS), in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce a call for papers for its second annual National Security Law writing competition.
The topic of this year's competition is Autonomous Systems in the Air Force. In June 2015, the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Air Force produced a vision document for the integration of autonomous systems into the Air Force over the next 30 years. This document envisions an Air Force where Airmen and autonomous systems work together as a team to meet a variety of challenges currently facing the United States, such as cyber-attacks, anti-access/area denial strategies, and attacks on space-based assets. Authors should prepare works contemplating the legal challenges associated with the use of both lethal and non-lethal autonomous systems.
The competition is open to all U.S. and international law school students and graduates. The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. The author of the second-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. All works submitted will be considered for publication in The Air Force Law Review.
All papers must be received no later than 1630 central time on 15 April 2017 to be considered for a prize. Papers will be evaluated by a prestigious panel of subject matter experts, to be led by Judge James E. Baker, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and current Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
Interested authors will find a complete copy of the rules and regulations for this competition, to include formatting requirements and evaluation criteria, at the link below. Rules and Regulations for Competition: http://www.afjag.af.mil/Library
Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)
This academic focused summer internship, beginning June 2017, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This intern will assist with running and maintaining http://www.lawfareblog.com/, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues.
Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.
This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.
Students will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as writing, research and blog maintenance. Learning will fall into three main categories:
- Work with Associate Editor to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 3-4 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary.”
- Work with Associate Editor to co-write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic announcements, and employment announcements.
- Work with the Associate Editor to co-write a deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue.
- Sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare content.
- Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed.
Maintaining the blog:
- Tag and categorize Lawfare posts
- Track relevant Congressional hearings
- Track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar
Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in government, political science, international relations, and law are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills—preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience as a research assistant.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.
Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.
UT-Austin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intelligence Studies
The Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin will award a postdoctoral fellowship in intelligence studies to a promising young scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. This unique fellowship is intended to support the next generation of scholars and educators in the field of intelligence.
Applicants from all academic disciplines whose research bears on national security intelligence are welcome to apply. International candidates are eligible and encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to work on research and writing projects of their own design, while taking advantage of the academic resources available at UT-Austin. The Fellow will be expected to play an active role in programs and activities organized by the ISP, the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. The Fellow accepted for this program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and workspace. Depending upon qualifications and interest, the Fellow may have the opportunity to teach a course at UT-Austin. The fellowship appointment is for one year, but in an exceptional case may be renewed for a second year.
• Complete and submit the online application at https://www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/news/item/549-postdoctoral-fellowship-in-intelligence-studies; and
• Send graduate school transcripts and three letters of recommendation directly from your university and your recommenders to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines: Applications are due on March 1, 2017. (Please note that applicants must have received their doctorate by August 14, 2017, the date the fellowship will commence.)
More information: To request additional information, please write to email@example.com.
About the sponsor:
The Intelligence Studies Project was established in 2013 as a partnership between UT’s Clements Center for National Security and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law out of a conviction that the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community were increasingly critical to safeguarding our national security and yet were understudied at universities. The ISP aims to develop at the University of Texas-Austin a premier center for the study of U.S. Intelligence through a variety of programs including new course offerings, research projects, periodic conferences, and other public events focused on intelligence topics. To learn more about ISP, please visit the website at http://intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/.
The Department of Information Technology invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position at an open rank in cybersecurity governance and risk management for Academic Year 2017-18 (beginning August 21, 2017), subject to final budgetary approval.
Background. The Kogod School of Business has made a major commitment to be a world thought leader in cybersecurity governance and enterprise risk management. The school has established an academic research center (Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center), is offering courses in the cybersecurity management area, and is pursuing new opportunities in cybersecurity education.
Qualifications. Earned doctorate in business (information systems) or a related field or anticipated completion of a doctorate by August 21, 2017. Demonstrably successful record in teaching business courses in information systems or a related field. Ability to conduct research in cybersecurity that will lead to publications in premier journals.
Responsibilities. Teach cybersecurity courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in on-the-ground and on-line formats. Develop new programs and courses in cybersecurity education for corporate boards, managers, and employees. Create knowledge in the area of cybersecurity through rigorous research. Build the visibility and reputation of the school in cybersecurity in the business, policy, and scholarly communities. Participate in department, school, and university activities.
Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An application must include a cover letter, a current and complete curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and copies of all teaching evaluations. Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.
Requests for information should be directed to:
Ms. Takei Roach
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Kogod School of Business
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016-8044
For more information on the Kogod School of Business, consult www.american.edu/kogod.
For more information on the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, consult www.american.edu/kogod/cybergov.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.
Organization: Department of Justice
Department: Office of Law and Policy, National Security Division
About the Office:
The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.
Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.
Open to all law students. Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.
Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.
Brief cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials as one pdf, ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy), via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For applications for spring 2017, the subject line should read: [LAST NAME] - L&P Spring 2017 Internship Application. For applications for fall 2017, the subject line should read: [LAST NAME] – L&P Fall 2017 Internship application.
Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.
Spring 2017 – September 15, 2016
Fall 2017 – April 1, 2017