American Bar Association
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

April 19, 2017
The National Security Committee will hold its next monthly conference call on April 19, 2017. Information on how to dial into the conference call will be sent out prior to the meeting.

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

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

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

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

Gary Brown, Professor, U.S. Marine Corps University; Legal Advisor, Department of Defense

Abigail Cotterill, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DC

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

Section Events

    Spirit Cruise of Washington


    Come join your Section friends aboard the Spirit of Washington for a relaxing cruise around the Potomac!! There will be a fabulous buffet dinner, entertainment, and fascinating views of Americas great landmarks and Washington DCs historic

    2017 Section of International Law Spring Meeting

    Capital Hilton

    Pre-meeting registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available beginning next Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12 noon in the Congressional Ballroom in the Capital

    Transnational Practice Management Committee Spring Meeting Dinner


    Join the ABA Section of International Law's Transnational Practice Management Committee for dinner during the Section's Spring Meeting. The location of this dinner is: Hotel Tabard Inn / Restaurant 1739 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 This will be a 3 course dinner. ...

Past Committee Programs

A collection of materials from past Committee-sponsored events.



Hendrix, Steven
Lindholm, Danielle
O'Neill, Philip


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


Drew, Rodger

Committee Roster  

Modified by Christopher Vallandingham on March 27, 2017

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