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

March 22, 2017
The National Security Committee will hold its next monthly conference call in April 2017.

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

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

    Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Bilateral versus Multilateral


    Location: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004 President Trump has scrapped the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and has stated that he intends to renegotiate NAFTA. He has made it clear that, instead of these multilateral agreements, ...

    What Foreign Lawyers Need to Know About Changes in US Immigration Laws


    Location: Syed Law Firm Conference Center 1250 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 825 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-503-1425 ________________________________________ Since many overseas businesses and families are impacted by changes in US immigration law and practice, this program will inform ABA members ...

    The Future of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)


    Locations: The American Bar Association 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 570 Washington, DC 20036 GrayRobinson, P.A. 333 SE 2nd Avenue 32nd Floor Miami, Florida 33131 C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) has now grown to over 10,000 member in the United States and beyond our ...

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 23, 2017

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