The Program on National Security Law hosts a series of events that engage leading government practitioners and legal scholars on contemporary national security issues.
All events are held at:
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
April 19, 2017
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) Commands Classroom
March 29, 2017
International Law and the South China Sea
March 28, 2017
Implementing the Laws of Armed Conflict in the Era of Cyber and Autonomous Weaponry
March 9, 2017
Noah Perlman ’97, managing director and global head of financial crimes at Morgan Stanley, talks to students about the intersection of finance, deals, and geopolitical issues.
November 16, 2016
"International Security in the Asia-Pacific: A View from Down Under" Discussion with Andrew Shearer, senior adviser on Asia-Pacific Security at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
November 10, 2016
"Military Targeting under International Humanitarian Law"
October 20, 2016
Professor Matthew Waxman Moderates Discussion with Glenn Gerstell '76, General Counsel of the NSA
"How the NSA Meets Today's Challenges"
May 25, 2016
Army Brigadier General (Retired) Richard Gross
Former Top U.S. Military Lawyer Named Senior Fellow
April 19, 2016
Hertog Program Highlight: Civil Liberties and the Response to Terrorism
April 6, 2016
Brigadier General (ret.) Richard “Rich” Gross, U.S. Army—"Legal Issues in Modern U.S. Counterterrorism Campaigns"
Brigadier General Gross is the recently retired Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served previously as the senior military lawyer for U.S. Central Command. General Gross addressed the U.S. campaigns against the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the self-declared Islamic State, and other such organizations. He also discussed the legal complexities now confronting the U.S. military in its continuing operations against these groups, including targeting and detention.
March 25, 2016
Challenges to State and Security in Israel, featuring Tal Becker, Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. The workshop explored the challenges and tensions in construing collective identity in Israel’s multi-ethnic and religiously pluralistic society. The event was sponsored by Academic Exchange in collaboration with The Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.
March 9, 2016
Drone Warfare Discussion with Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
General Dunlap, the former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force, provided a proponent’s perspective about the remotely-piloted vehicles known as “drones” by describing their types and operation, outlining the applicable law, discussing their effectiveness, and addressing criticisms about their use, including concerns about civilian casualties. Professor Matthew Waxman provided commentary.
The event was sponsored by The Federalist Society and the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.
January 6, 2016
Cybersecurity Experts Debate Proper Response to Terrorism
December 4, 2015 Tensions In The South China Sea: International Law And U.S. Strategic Interests
November 12, 2015 The American Constitution Society (ACS) presents: Charlie Savage—Reporter, The New York Times—on the National Security State
Moderated by Professor Matthew Waxman
Columbia Law School
Co-Chair, Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist—Charlie Savage of the New York Times—discusses his new book, Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency, which looks at the Obama administration’s national security legal and policy team and presents the first comprehensive history of how American surveillance secretly developed over the past thirty-five years. This event was co-sponsored by the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.
November 11, 2015 "Guantanamo: Where We Are and the Path from Here"
September 29, 2015 "No Longer An Island Of Tranquility: Germany And Europe's Dual Challenges Of Russia/Ukraine And Migration"
April 9, 2015 "@War: Cyberwarfare, Surveillance And The Future Of Conflict"
March 5, 2015 "Privacy in the Digital Age — Two Years after Snowden: Where Are We Now & Where Are We Going?"
February 18, 2015 "Congress and National Security: The Next Two Years," a Q & A session and discussion with former Senator Joseph Lieberman
November 18, 2014 "Privacy in the Digital Age: The View from Beyond the U.S. A Talk with Michael Drury, BCL Burton Copeland and Gus Hosein, Provacy International"
November 6, 2014 "Careers in National Security Law: A Dialogue with Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi (Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy) and Roger Zakheim (Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP and former General Counsel of the House Armed Services Committee)"
October 27, 2014 "Human Rights Treaties and Foreign Surveillance: Privacy in the Digital Age"
October 23, 2014 "The Importance of Incorporating Privacy & Civil Liberties Considerations Into Cyber Operations and Cyber Security"
October 9, 2014 "The President and Congress in U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making: A Conversation with Elliott Abrams"
April 18, 2014 "Career Ambassador Discusses Unrest in the Middle East"
April 16, 2014 "Iran, Israel, and the United States: What's Next?"
March 11, 2014 "Privacy and Surveillance Laws: A Tug-of-War"
November 21, 2013
“From Gettysburg to Guantánamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict” View slideshow
March 22, 2013
Daniel L. Glaser '93 discusses his work as Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the U.S. Treasury Department.
March 20, 2013
What are the possible implications of ending the CIA practice of targeted killings? Professor Mathew Waxman addresses the subject.
February 14, 2013
Professor Trevor Morrison delivers keynote address on "The Legal and Ethical Limits of Technological Warfare."
December 4, 2012 "Lifting the Veil: The Challenge of Covering Secret Government Activities"
November 28, 2012 "A Conversation with the Chief Prosecutor of United States Military Commissions" Brigadier General Mark Martins
October 25, 2012
Professor Matthew Waxman examines what the Cuban missile crisis teaches us about Iran in an op-ed at CNN's Global Public Square.
May 10, 2012
Professor Matthew Waxman discusses the Obama administration’s policy of flexible pragmatism in its counterterrorism policies
April 26, 2012
Professor Matthew Waxman discusses civil liberties for the Council on Foreign Relations' Campaign 2012 project
April 24, 2012
Mary Jo White ’74, Former U.S. Attorney, Talks about Civilian and Military Prosecutions of Suspected Terrorists
February 22, 2012 "The Charles Fabrikant Colloquium on National Security Law and Policy" Vice Admiral James Houck
November 15, 2011 "Advising the White House: Exploring the Role of the NSC Legal Adviser" Mary DeRosa
November 8, 2011 "The State Department Legal Adviser: Why He Doesn’t Always Get What He Wants" John Bellinger
November 1, 2011 "National Security and the News Media" Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer
October 4, 2011 "The CIA: Lawless Rogue or Regulated Business?" Stephen W. Preston
April 4, 2011 "The Charles Fabrikant Colloquium on National Security Law and Policy" Brett McGurk
March 28, 2011 "The Charles Fabrikant Colloquium on National Security Law and Policy" Bryan Cunningham
February 21, 2011 "The Charles Fabrikant Colloquium on National Security Law and Policy" Judge James Baker
November 30, 2010 "The Role of the Intelligence Community in Addressing Homegrown Violent Extremism" Robert S. Litt
November 2, 2010 "Lawyering for the Defense Department and the National Command Authority" The Honorable Jeh Charles Johnson ’82
October 19, 2010 "Law and Modern Military Operations" Brigadier General Mark S. Martins
October 11, 2010 "Reducing Polarity: the Obama Administration and National Security Law" Harold Hongju Koh
October 5, 2010 "The Role of the Intelligence Community in Addressing Homegrown Violent Extremism" David S. Kris
September 21, 2010 "Contemporary Issues in National Security" Gregory Craig