National Security Center Symposium Will Examine Conflict in the Middle East
The University of Virginia School of Law will host legal experts from academia, the diplomatic community and the defense community at a conference March 2 as they assess ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
The Center for National Security Law event, “A Region in Turmoil: Conflicts in the Middle East — Law and Policy,” will cover conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria — including hostilities underway with ISIS — from both a legal and policy perspective.
The conference agenda includes an overview of the religious and political factors contributing to these conflicts and a comprehensive brief by U.S. CENTCOM representatives on the U.S./coalition presence and activities in the region. Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, will deliver the keynote address during a lunch at 11:45 a.m. in Caplin Pavilion, focusing on the strategic aspects of these hostilities.
The conference will also feature two panels, one dealing with the legal characterization of the conflicts at issue and the legal bases for U.S./coalition involvement, and a second panel discussing the numerous law of armed conflict matters to which these conflicts have given rise.
A Region in Turmoil: Conflicts in the Middle East — Law and Policy
Thursday, March 2
Events are in Caplin Auditorium except where noted.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Caplin Auditorium Lobby
Strategic Overview of the Conflict States: Friends, Foes and Bystanders
Jessica Lewis McFate, Institute for the Study of War
Overview of U.S./Coalition Presence/Activity in the Conflict States
Col. Pat Huston, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Central Command
Lunch | U.S. Conflict State Policy Considerations
Ambassador Ryan Crocker
The Middle East Conflicts: Conflict Characterization and the Domestic/International Legal Bases for U.S./Coalition Involvement
- Moderator: Sean Watts, Creighton University School of Law
- Eric Jensen, Brigham Young University School of Law
- Deborah Pearlstein, Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University
- Ryan Goodman, New York University Law School
The Middle East Conflicts and the Law of Armed Conflict
- Moderator: Professor Geoff Corn, South Texas College of Law
- Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ken Watkin, Former Judge Advocate General, Canadian Armed Forces
- Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Rich Gross, Former Legal Counsel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Michael Meier, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army
Summary and Concluding Remarks
John Norton Moore, University of Virginia School of Law
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