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Section of International Law: National Security Committee

Section of International Law:
National Security Committee

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 Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

National Security Committee Monthly Teleconference

February 22, 2017
The National Security Committee will hold its next monthly conference call on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3 pm EST. Prior to the call, committee members will receive an e-mail containing the dial-in number.

Hiccup or Hardball: China's Role in America's Future

March 21, 2017
A non-CLE program proudly presented by the ABA Section of International Law

Sponsored by: The Section of International Law National Security Committee

Co-sponsored by: the Section of International Law Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee and International Trade Committee

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET


Lunch provided, courtesy Wiley Rein LLP


Location:
Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

What are REMs (Rare Earth Minerals)? What are they are used for? Why are they crucial to economic development and critical enablers of National Security? Is China monopolizing the production and refining REMs globally? If so, what are the ways forward for the U.S. to re-invest in REMs to achieve self-sufficiency for itself and its close allies?
      
Our experts will outline the relevant U.S. export control regulations and how such controls have the potential to become battlegrounds between industry and government should China decide to embargo certain U.S. Allies (China currently restricts – and in some instances prohibits – the sale of REMs to Japan over its political stance regarding the ongoing dispute over the Senkaku Islands). Should China’s economy falter, politics and political intransigence have the potential to erupt over this issue, thus resulting in a substantial rise in the price of REMs on the global mineral markets. In December 2016 Scandium metal was $15,000.00 per KG.
      
Do companies need to find a “roundabout” to obtain the REMs required to manufacture their products? Do US agencies have a responsibility to assist industry in achieving sufficient quantities of REMs to ensure US industrial and military viability? A seasoned panel experts will address these and other pressing questions.

Moderator:

Jonathan Michael Meyer, Attorney at Law

Speakers:

Ailish M. NicPhaidin, MPRII, President & CEO Partnerships International, Inc

Barbara Clements, President of Barbara Clements & Associates, Inc. (BCA)
Teleconference Option Available!

Registration Rates

Section of International Law Members (In-Person or Teleconference): $15

Non-Section of International Law Members (In-Person or Teleconference): $25

Crossing the Line: The Law of War and Cyber Engagement

April 27, 2017

Please be advised of the upcoming National Security Law Committee Panel, "Crossing the Line: The Law of War and Cyber Engagement," scheduled to transpire during the Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law (ABA SIL) on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.

Kindly see the program description and relevant details, set forth below.

Panel Description:
In a world characterized by changing forms of international conflict and advancements in technology, do traditional rules of engagement apply to new battlefields? As part of the evolving methods of engagement and the laws governing international conflicts, are new questions presented which require innovative applications of the traditional rules of armed conflict? Do the laws of armed conflict apply to cyberspace? If so, how and in what context do they apply? When do cyber operations constitute an “armed attack” or “use of force” pursuant to international law and Article 51 of the UN Charter? When are those engaged in cyber operations “belligerents” or “combatants” pursuant to such laws? When are cyber operations subject to domestic jurisdiction under national legal regimes, or alternatively, when does international law govern these operations? Which legal regimes are to be applied (e.g., criminal/espionage/sabotage or the law of armed conflict)? How are non-state actors (i.e., hackers or hacker groups) conducting information gathering or denial operations (e.g., DoS or DDoS) to be addressed? Our seasoned panel of experts will engage the audience and shed light on these and other pressing questions through the prism of contemporary international law.


Committee Sponsor:
National Security

Committee Co-Sponsors:
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions; International Trade

Chairs:
Jonathan M. Meyer, Attorney at Law, New York, NY

Philip D. O'Neill, International Arbitrator,
Adjunct Professor , Boston, MA

Moderator:
Jonathan M. Meyer, Attorney at Law, New York, NY

Speakers:
Abigail Cotterill, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DC

Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.), Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC

Sandra L. Hodgkinson, Leonardo N.A. and DRS Technologies, Arlington, Virginia

Philip D. O'Neill, International Arbitrator, Adjunct Professor, Boston, MA

Ruth Wedgwood, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC

The Islamic State and International Terrorism- A Symposium

April 15, 2016
The American Bar Association Section of International Law organized a blue ribbon panel to address responses to the Islamic State.
 
Section Events

    The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations under the Trump Administration

    02/27/2017-02/27/2017

    Co-Sponsored by: the Section of International Law National Security Committee, Europe Committee, China Committee, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee, International Investment & Development Committee, International Trade Committee, and NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee. Teleconference ...

    US Taxation of Foreign Partners in US Partnerships

    02/28/2017-02/28/2017

    Co-Sponsored by: the ABA International Taxation Section Partnerships and LLCs Committee Teleconference Only We will be covering the various topics of taxation of foreign partners. We will focus on the specifics of the 3 withholding regimes- Sales of real property (FIRPTA); effectively connected ...

    Hiccup or Hardball: China's Role in America's Future

    03/21/2017-03/21/2017

    Also co-sponsored by: The Section of International Law Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee and International Trade Committee. In-Person Event at: Wiley Rein LLP 1776 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 Lunch provided, courtesy Wiley Rein LLP Teleconference Option Available! What are ...

Past Committee Programs

A collection of materials from past Committee-sponsored events.
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Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Hendrix, Steven
Lindholm, Danielle
O'Neill, Philip

Vice-Chairs:

Carlson, James
Goodale, Geoffrey
Liebman, Todd
Meyer, Jonathan
Prestia, Joseph
Trujillo, Maximiliano
Vallandingham, Christopher

Advisor:

Drew, Rodger

Committee Roster  

Modified by Christopher Vallandingham on February 15, 2017

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