American Bar Association
Section of International Law: National Security Committee

Section of International Law:
National Security Committee

Next Committee Call

Thursday, March 12, 2015

3 pm ET

Dial-in information is circulated on the listserv.
The National Security Committee monthly call is on the second Thursday of each month at 3 pm ET. Please join us!

About the Committee

National Security Committee members examine political, military, economic, social, legal and naturally occurring events throughout the world and evaluate how they affect the security interests of the United States and other nations. Members analyze these events, and responses of decision-makers, in the context of the rule of law. Members are active in the areas of intelligence, immigration, cybersecurity, asymmetrical warfare, supply chain security, nuclear non-proliferation, space weaponization, international governing bodies such as the UN and NATO, and in various geographic regions worldwide. Members produce programs for regular ABA International Section meetings and other venues, including the United Nations and Capitol Hill, publish articles and promulgate policy proposals regarding national security topics.

Committee Activities


5th Annual "Live from L"
"The Role of the Law in the Fight Against ISIL: Use of Force, Sanctions, and Foreign Terrorist Fighters"
Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department
February 12, noon- 1:30 pm ET
Archived webcast to be posted online soon.

Mary E. McLeod, Acting Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Joshua L. Dorosin, Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of Political-Military Affairs

David M. DeBartolo, Attorney Adviser, Office of United Nations Affairs

Michael J. Gilles, Attorney Adviser, Office of Economic and Business Affairs

Samuel W. McDonald, Attorney Adviser, Office of Law Enforcement and Intelligence

Meha A. Shah, Attorney Adviser, Office of Africa and Near East Affairs

Moderator, Susan L. Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, George Washington University Law School

Call for Articles: International Law News
Deadline: March 15, 2015
The Section's International Law News is accepting articles related to the theme of "Energy" for the Summer edition.

ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting 2015

Save the date for the annual Spring Meeting 2015 to be held April 28 to May 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C.


Program on International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons Spring 2012 Section Meeting, April 20, 2012 Program Summary Report and Transcript Audio How does, and how should, international humanitarian law (IHL) governing the conduct of warfare apply to nuclear weapons? At the Spring Meeting of the Section, a program sponsored by the National Security Committee addressed that question. The program featured Ambassador Libran Cabactulan, the Philippines’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Professor Gary Solis, a leading expert on IHL who taught at West Point, and Charles J. Moxley, Jr., professor at Fordham University School of Law and author of International Law and Nuclear Weapons in the Post Cold War World. Amb. Cabactulan, who was president of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, described the negotiation of an innovative provision of the Conference Final Document on application of IHL to nuclear weapons. And Prof. Solis and Prof. Moxley explained that while the United States in theory accepts that IHL applies to nuclear weapons, and while IHL is more and more integrated into the US military, in practice education, training, and doctrine are silent on the subject of IHL and nuclear weapons.

Economic Sanctions: Are They Effective Tools of U.S. Foreign Policy? February 28, 2011 Program Recording (MP3)

Border Searches of Electronic Devices: A Discussion of Legal and Policy Issues This program discussed the Ninth Circuit's decision, U.S. v. Arnold, which held that the U.S. government has the authority to search the contents of electronic devices (e.g. laptops, blackberries and cellphones) of persons entering the U.S. -- including U.S. citizens -- without reasonable suspicion. Featured Speaker: Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA. Program Recording (MP3)

On The Rim Of The Abyss: Military Intervention to Neutralize a Potential Nuclear Threat View this program on FORA.TV

Program Materials: 2008 Amicus; 2009 Amicus; Statement of Lee Tien before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary - Subcommittee on the Constitution

Florida To Restrict Governments from Contracting with Companies that Do Business in Cuba and Syria Jason Poblete The State of Florida is in the political hot seat with certain foreign investors because of a proposed law approved by the Florida legislature that will prohibit companies from doing business with state and local governments who also happen to have business connections in Cuba or Syria. According to The Miami Herald, Florida Governor Rick Scott will sign Florida House Bill 959 (HB 959) that will, among other things, "prohibit state agency or local governmental entity from contracting for goods & services of more than certain amount with company that has business operations in Cuba or Syria." The measure is not new or novel. It will add Cuba and Syria to an existing statute restricting contracting with certain companies that do business with the Sudan or Iran. The new law is not settling very well with the governments of Canada or Brazil, countries whose nationals have a lot of investment in Florida as well as Cuba. According to various news accounts, officials from both the Canadian and Brazilian governments have supposedly weighed in against the law. Officials with the powerful Florida Chamber of Commerce have also chimed in with concerns about the effort to expand the reach of existing law. This is not the first time an expansion of “state sanctions” has been undertaken in Florida or Miami-Dade County. Home to a politically powerful Cuban exile community strongly opposed to engagement with the Castro regime, the proposal was introduced by a Miami-Dade area state legislator. It will be interesting to see how this ultimately unfolds. While states have legal authority under federal law to restrict this activity to the Sudan and Iran, there has been no explicit delegation for Cuba. I’ve been studying this issue for many years both inside and outside of government. In all likelihood, this will be challenged in court; however, in the near term, it is going to complicate business relationships of may foreign companies that do business in both Cuba and Florida. Affected companies will have tough choices to make about future business interests.

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Hendrix, Steven
Lyons, Carrie


Bergeron, James
Dopplick, Renee
Goodale, Geoffrey
Laufman, David
Meyer, Jonathan
O'Neill, Philip
Schmitz, Aaron
Trujillo, Maximiliano
Varon Levy, Eddie
White, Larry

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

National Security Committee Monthly Teleconference

March 12, 2015
The National Security Committee generally holds its monthly conference call on the second Thursday of each month at 3 pm ET. All members are welcome to join the call.
Section Events

    Kleptocracy, Natural Resources, Communities, & Capacity Building


    08:00 Washington, DC / 14:00 Paris / 19:00 Bangkok & Jakarta / 22:00 Sydney The ABA Section of International Law International Anti-Corruption Committee and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative invite you to join a teleconference discussion on the effects of kleptocracy and other forms of corruption on local ...

    The HNW Same Sex Family: Going Global


    The event will be held on 04/09/2015 - 04/11/2015. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

    GCR Live 2nd Annual IP and Antitrust USA


    The event will be held on 04/14/2015. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

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Modified by Renee Dopplick on February 28, 2015

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