3rd Annual National Security Law Workshop / IHL Training Session: Austin, April 1st-2nd, 2010

* Announcing the 3rd Annual National Security Law Article Workshop and IHL Training Session – Austin, April 1st and 2nd, 2010


I’m excited to announce that the 3rd annual workshop/training session will take place here at UT on Thursday April 1st and Friday April 2nd, with sponsorship from UT’s Strauss Center for International Security Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross, co-hosting by myself and Prof. Geoff Corn (South Texas), and additional participation by faculty from the Army JAG School.  This is a very fun, eclectic event.  The basic idea is that there will be about 8 papers presented (discussant format, with everyone engaging in Q&A), and also 8 one-hour blocks of IHL-related training and discussion (half by ICRC instructors, half by JAG School instructors).  Based on how attendance went the past two years, we expect about two or three dozen attendees, including both civilian law profs (and would-be law profs) and current JAGs.  It’s a great chance to network, too, and based on past experience it’s unusually fun and casual by the standards of your typical academic workshop.

This is a pay-your-own-way event, but we will provide food during the day, and might even repeat the past practice of sponsoring the group dinners (Wednesday March 31st, Thursday the 1st) as well.

Call for papers:  If you want to present a paper, email me the abstract or draft no later than February 1st.  Accepted for publication is ok; actually published is not (no, SSRN does not count as published for this purpose).  Selections will be announced soon after Feb. 1st.  As for subject matter, national security law is a big tent.  If in doubt, go ahead and submit (or at least check with me).

Just attending: Whether you present a paper or not, we would love to have you here if space permits.  As our space is not unlimited, I do ask that you RSVP to me by email and wait to hear back from me before making any travel arrangements; if we end up with too many would-be attendees, preference will go to junior faculty members, and beyond that efforts will be made to ensure the group presents an interesting mix of folks.


Lead Author

Robert M. Chesney
Robert M. Chesney is Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at UT-Austin School of Law. Chesney is a national security law specialist, with a particular interest in problems associated with terrorism. Professor Chesney recently served in the Justice Department in connection with the Detainee Policy Task Force created by Executive Order 13493. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board, a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Chesney has published extensively on topics ranging from detention and prosecution in the counterterrorism context to the states secrets privilege. He served previously as chair of the Section on National Security Law of the Association of American Law Schools and as editor of the National Security Law Report (published by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security). His upcoming projects include two books under contract with Oxford University Press, one concerning the evolution of detention law and policy and the other examining the judicial role in national security affairs.
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