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The Future of National Security Law

futureofnationalsecuritylawThe Pepperdine Law Review is pleased to invite you to a symposium on “The Future of National Security Law.” After more than a decade of conflict against al-Qaeda and associated forces, many commentators believe that the separation-of-powers system is under stress; participants in our first panel will discuss the history and the future of separation of powers in the context of national security.

Similarly on the international front, America’s transnational conflict against non-state actors has placed significant strain on international human rights law and the law of armed conflict; our second panel will address whether the existing international regime can effectively regulate modern conflicts. Tying these panels together, John Rizzo, former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency and author of Company Man will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

The symposium will then feature a conversation about whether the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force should be renewed, that conversation will feature Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

The final panel of the day will address national security surveillance and the controversy and challenges that have flowed from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaking of stolen classified documents.

Welcome and Introduction: Brett Stroud (PLR) and Deanell Reece Tacha (Pepperdine)

Panel #1: Separation of Powers and The Future of National Security Law

Moderator: Robert Pushaw (Pepperdine)
Panelists: Mary Dudziak (Emory), Jeffrey Kahn (SMU), Richard H. Pildes (NYU), and Andrew Kent (Fordham)

Panel #2: International Law and the Future of American National Security Law

Moderator: Colleen Graffy (Pepperdine)
Panelists: Lesley Wexler (Illinois), Beth Van Schaack (Santa Clara), Geoffrey S. Corn (South Texas), and Rachel Vanlandingham (Stetson)

Luncheon Address: John Rizzo (Author of Company Man)

A Conversation About Whether the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Should Be Renewed

Moderator: Gregory McNeal (Pepperdine)
Presenters: Rosa Brooks (Georgetown) and Benjamin Wittes (The Brookings Institution)

Panel #3: The Future of American National Security Surveillance

Moderator: Victoria Schwartz (Pepperdine)
Panelists: Margaret Hu (Washington and Lee), Stephen I. Vladeck (American), Kathleen Clark (Washington University), Jeremy Rabkin (George Mason), Christopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt)

Closing Remarks: Shelby Doyle (PLR)

Gregory S. McNeal

Along with being a successful entrepreneur, I am a tenured Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University. I teach courses related to technology, law, and policy, and serve as a faculty member with the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship.


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