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War Powers and Libya: Perspectives from the State Department

Start/End Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name JG 101

Join the National Security and Law Society the Columbia Society for International Law for a discussion on War Powers with Professor David Pozen. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia this year, Professor Pozen served as special advisor to the U.S. Department of State’s Legal Adviser, Harold Hongju Koh. He will be discussing his experiences working on war powers issues at the Department of State, as well as current challenges that the government faces in confronting these issues. A question and answer session will be held following the presentation. Non-pizza lunch will be served!

Students may find the following materials helpful as background to the discussion:

1.  The transcript of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's June 28, 2011 hearing on Libya and war powers:
2.  Legal Adviser Koh's written responses to questions for the record following that hearing:
3. Legal Adviser Koh's brief written testimony for the hearing, which is at pp. 11-17 of the first PDF and is also separately available at

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