War Powers After Afghanistan

Two decades after the 9/11 attacks, the Biden administration has withdrawn the U.S. from Afghanistan and declared an end to the “forever war.” But what does that mean for war powers going forward? How should Congress restructure authorizations for the use of military force and war powers oversight? How does international law constrain counterterror operations by the Biden administration and its successors? Join top experts for a webinar discussion of these and other questions about war powers after Afghanistan. Panelists include Tess Bridgeman, co-editor-in-chief of Just Security; Yale Law School professor Oona Hathaway, director of the Yale Law School center for Global Legal Challenges; and Rutgers Law School professor Adil Haque. UVA Law professor Kristen Eichensehr, director of the National Security Law Center, will moderate.

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International and Comparative Law
National Security Law
National Security Law Center; Law, Innovation, Security & Technology; and the National Security Law Forum
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Tess Bridgeman is co-editor-in-chief of Just Security, and a senior fellow and visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law Reiss Center on Law and Security, where she created the War Powers Resolution Reporting Project. She previously served in the White House as special assistant to the president, associate counsel to the president, and deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council during the Obama administration. She also served at the State Department in the Office of the Legal Adviser as special assistant to the legal adviser and, prior to that role, as an attorney adviser in the Office of Political-Military Affairs.

Adil Haque is a professor of law and Judge Jon O. Newman Scholar at Rutgers Law School, and serves as a co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy. The author of “Law and Morality at War,” Haque focuses on the law of armed conflict and philosophy of international law. He is an executive editor of Just Security and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Law and Philosophy and Criminal Law and Philosophy. 

Oona Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and director of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. Hathaway is a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, and previously served as special counsel to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.

Moderator: Kristen Eichensehr is the Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law and director of the National Security Law Center at UVA Law. She previously served as special assistant to the legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State and is currently a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Forum on Cyber Resilience.