Symposium at UVA Law to Focus on Global Security, Evolution of International Law

John Bellinger, former legal adviser to the State Department (2005-09) and now a partner at Arnold & Porter, will deliver the keynote address during a noon lunch in Caplin Pavilion.

February 12, 2015

Experts and scholars will explore how current challenges to global security are affecting the development of international law during a symposium on Feb. 23 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

The event, "Global Security and the Evolution of International Law," is sponsored by the J.B. Moore Society of International Law and the Virginia Journal of International Law.

"From the civil war in Syria to the cyber hack against Sony, recent events have underscored the imminent need for international discourse on solutions to threats against global security," said Ethan Scapellati, J.B. Moore Society symposium director.

Panelists will examine how instability disrupts private investment, international efforts to intervene in regional conflicts, and cybersecurity and the push to create norms for state behavior in cyberspace. John Bellinger, former legal adviser to the State Department (2005-09) and now a partner at Arnold & Porter, will deliver the keynote address during a noon lunch in Caplin Pavilion. An RSVP is required to attend the lunch.

Bellinger also served as senior associate counsel to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council at the White House from 2001-05. As the State Department legal adviser — a Senate-confirmed position and the most senior international lawyer in the U.S. government — Bellinger directed more than 170 lawyers on domestic and international law matters affecting U.S. foreign relations.

Bellinger has argued cases before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague. He has appeared on numerous briefs in U.S. federal courts, including the Supreme Court, in litigation involving international law issues. Before joining the State Department, he managed former State Department Secretary Condoleezza Rice's confirmation process and co-directed her State Department transition team.

 

Schedule: "Global Security and the Evolution of International Law"

Events take place in Purcell Reading Room except where indicated.

Monday, Feb. 23

9-10:15 a.m.
Panel I: Political Instability and International Investment
  • Richard N. Dean '80, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Frederick E. Jenney '83, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  • Mark C. Paist '91, Assistant General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Moderator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier , Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Panel II: When and Why Intervention Can Violate International Law
  • James Kraska, Professor of Oceans Law and Policy, Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College
  • Monica Hakimi, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Moderator: John Norton Moore , Walter L. Brown Professor of Law; Director, Center for National Security Law; Director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law

12-1 p.m., Caplin Pavilion  
Lunch and Keynote Address  
John Bellinger, Former Legal Adviser to the State Department; Partner, Arnold & Porter

1-1:30 p.m., Caplin Pavilion 
Reception

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Panel III: Another Law of the Seas?  The Fight for Customary Law in Cyberspace

  • Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Fellow for Cyber Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Albert Rees Jr., Senior Counsel, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Gary Brown, Head of Communications and Congressional Affairs, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Matthew J. Sklerov, Chief of Operational Law, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Moderator: Thomas A. Dukes Jr. '94, Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law

 

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