Law and Public Policy

Emerging Trends in Modern Warfare Conference

Emerging Trends in Modern Warfare Conference



The Emerging Trends in Modern Warfare conference will consist of two panels discussing different changes that are happening in the ways the United States military operates. The first panel focuses on the practical operational considerations that are necessary when people from the military, law enforcement, and intelligence communities work together and how this convergence is actually working in the field. The second panel focuses on the Constitutional, International Humanitarian Law, and Law of Armed Conflict issues that arise when these components operate together overseas.



Sept. 21, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.


Seminar rooms 4 and 5 (S-4 and S-5). University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817 Map & Directions


  • General Admission — $20
  • MCLE Credit (Pacific McGeorge Alumni) — $25
  • MCLE Credit (non-Alumni) — $40
  • Students and Pacific McGeorge Faculty — Free
  • Register & Pay


For more information, please call 916.739.7138 or send an email to


8:30 to 9 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m Panel 1: The Operational Convergence Between the Military, the Intelligence Community, and Law Enforcement

  • Herb Brown, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Dana Dyson, Deputy Chief, CIA Office of General Counsel’s Operations Division
  • James Schmidli, Deputy General Counsel for Operations, Defense Intelligence Agency
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Panel 2: Constitutional and International Legal Challenges Related to Modern Warfare Tactics, Technology, and Practices

  • Professor John Sims, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Ms. Anne Quintin, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Professor Gregory McNeal, Pepperdine University School of Law
2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Closing Remarks


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Drones on the Homefront: Privacy at Risk?

Does the domestic use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) by law enforcement threaten privacy?  I’ll be discussing that topic at 1pm on Thursday September 13, 2012 at the University of San Diego, School of Law.

From the flier:


– The Federal Aviation Administration has predicted that within 20 years, 30,000 commercial and government drones could be flying in U.S. skies.

– Some drones called “nano drones” can be as small as an insect.

– Drones can be equipped with surveillance technologies to identify and track people.

– There are multiple bills currently being proposed in the House to limit the use of drones.

– The Federalist Society will be offering FREE FOOD at this one-of-a-kind, timely discussion.

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Drones on the Homefront: Privacy At Risk?

On Tuesday, August 28th at 12 noon I will be presenting at The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and on Wednesday, August 29th at 9am I will be making the same presentation at The University of Wyoming, College of Law.

The panel is entitled Drones on the Homefront: Privacy at Risk?

My remarks are based in part on my work-in-progress, Drones and Privacy Governance.

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Harold Koh- U.S. Government Position on Legality of Drones, UAV’s, and Targeted Killings

At the recent American Society of International Law meeting, State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh delivered a public speech addressing the U.S. position on the use of lethal force against suspected terrorists.

Predator Drone (Air Force Photo)

Predator Drone (Air Force Photo)

In particular he addressed the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s such as Predator and Reaper drones), and addressed the question of whether their use amounts to assassination.  This is a lengthy post, so click to continue reading below.

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