President Donald J. Trump’s Immigration Order & Travel Ban

SU Law Event

DATE: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
TIME: 12 PM – 2 PM
ROOM: Empire Lecture Hall, Dineen 440
SPONSOR: Syracuse Law  International Law Society 

Coffee and snacks will be provided.


  • Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Chair, Department of Political Science,
    Maxwell School
  • Ken Harper, Director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement
  • Gary Kelder, Professor, SU College of Law
  • Andrew Kim, Associate Professor, SU College of Law
  • Stephen Pike, Assistant Professor, Newhouse School
  • Corri Zoli, Director of Research, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Israel’s Supreme Court Counterterrorism Jurisprudence: Mitigating Harm, But at What Cost? with Yuval Shany


WHAT: Israel’s Supreme Court Counterterrorism Jurisprudence: Mitigating Harm, But at What Cost?
WHERE: 360 Dineen Hall (Feinberg Lecture Hall)
WHEN: April 17, 2017 | 11:50 a.m.

Part of the Carol Becker Middle East Security Speaker Series

Professor Yuval Shany is Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law, Hebrew University. He also serves currently as a board member in the International Law Forum at the Hebrew University, a director in the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT), and a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

The Long Arm of International Law: David M. Crane Interviewed by British Forces Radio

INSCT Affiliated Faculty Member David M. Crane was a guest on the British Forces Broadcasting Service program SitRep.

Professor Crane discussed accountability for war crimes; the “long arm” of international law; the geopolitics of prosecuting crimes against humanity and war crimes; and whether or not the world will see a special tribunal for Basher al Assad, similar to one that is coming to an end for Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, who was indicted by the special International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for genocide, crimes against humanity, and numerous war crimes.

Interview begins at 21:00.

JNSLP Symposium 2017: The Border & Beyond

Journal of National Security Law & Policy 2017 Symposium

The Border and Beyond: The National Security Implications of Migration, Refugees, and Asylum under US and International Law

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 | Georgetown Law

In addition to three panels, the symposium will feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s preeminent human rights advocacy organizations.


Panel 1: Immigration, Homeland Security, and the Constitution (9:05 – 10:30 AM)

Panelists will engage in debate on various constitutional issues, such as the separation of powers and the protection of civil liberties, in the context of recent events in the US in which both migration and national security have been implicated.

Moderator: William Banks, Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University


  • Jen Daskal, Professor of Criminal, National Security, and Constitutional Law, American University Washington College of Law; former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, US Department of Justice
  • Lucas Guttentag, Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School; Founder and former National Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Marty Lederman, Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice’s Office Legal Counsel

Panel 2: The US Refugee and Asylum Legal Regime (10:35 AM – 12:00 PM)

Panelists will explore the current status of US asylum and refugee laws and how the screening processes factor into national concerns. The panel also will discuss the Trump Administration’s recent executive orders relating to border security and refugee policy in the US.

ModeratorJason Dzubow, Partner, Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC; Adjunct Professor of Asylum Law, George Washington University Law School


  • Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS, the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the US.
  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; former Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee
  • Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland-College Park

Luncheon Keynote Address by Elisa Massamino, President & CEO, Human Rights First (12:30 PM – 1:05 PM)

Panel 3: Migration and Security Threats Abroad (1:15 PM – 2:40 PM)

Panelists will discuss the security implications of the refugee crisis in Europe and the potential legal obligations that the US might have under international law to assist its allies in handling the situation.

Moderator: David Stewart, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center


  • Bec Hamilton, Professor of National Security, International, and Criminal Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Karin Johnston, Professor of International Politics, American University School of International Service
  • A. Trevor Thrall, Senior Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy Department, Cato Institute; Associate Professor, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Mark Iozzi, Democratic Counsel, House Foreign Affairs Committee

A reception will follow the event.

Russia’s Military Resurgence: Ukraine, Syria, and Beyond, with Alexander Golts


WHAT: Russia’s Military Resurgence: Ukraine, Syria, and Beyond
WHO: Alexander Golts, journalist and Russian military expert
WHEN: March 7, 2017 | 3 p.m.
WHERE: Global Collaboratory | 060 Eggers Halls
SPONSORS: INSCT, Center for European Studies

Alexander Golts is one of Russia’s leading military analysts.  He is the deputy editor-in-chief of the Russian news and opinion website and a columnist for The Moscow Times.  He is currently a George F. Kennan Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.   Previously he was a visiting  fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.   He has written widely on the Russian military and Russian security policy.



Cyber Limbo: William Snyder Discusses One-Year Anniversary of Apple vs. FBI with CNET

Apple vs. FBI one year later: Still stuck in limbo

(CNET | Feb. 15, 2017) It’s been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we’ve barely heard a peep from either side on the issue. So everything’s fine, right?

Uh, no.

“This past year was kind of a missed opportunity to work this thing out.”

The FBI’s attempt to force Apple to unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist set up a grand legal battle between security and privacy. On one side is a massive tech company envisioning a future similar to the setting in George Orwell’s “1984” (which, coincidentally, has become a bestseller again after President Donald Trump’s inauguration). On the other is the world’s most powerful government dangling the threat of a terrorist attack if it can’t get access to vital information.

The stakes were sky-high. Cybersecurity experts said the dispute could have far-reaching implications for everything from how private our personal photos are to how tech companies operate in other countries.

Both were poised to head to court, and then a funny thing happened: The FBI suddenly said it didn’t need Apple’s help, and the whole affair just faded away.

But that doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory.

Because the battle never went to court, we never got an answer on whether security or privacy takes priority. A year later, the only thing that’s clear from the public battle is just how hazy everything still is. And the conflict isn’t going away anytime soon, especially if there’s another terrorist attack.

“This past year was kind of a missed opportunity to work this thing out,” said William Snyder, visiting assistant professor of law at the Syracuse University College of Law. “It hasn’t gone away. The question is whether you deal with it now when things are calm or later when the stakes are high” …

To read the complete story, click here.


What Next for Flynn? William C. Banks Speaks to Bloomberg

Flynn Resignation Becomes Legal Question

(Bloomberg Radio Law Podcast | Feb. 15, 2017) Stephen Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and William Banks, Founding Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, discuss the resignation national security adviser Michael Flynn and whether or not he violated the Logan Act. They speak with June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”

“Responding to Cyber Operations” Video Now Online, Featuring William C. Banks

The University of Texas Strauss Center has published the video of Panel 3 from its recent symposium Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations Symposium.

The panel—”Responding to Cyber Operations Not Amounting to an Armed Attack under Article 51″—featured Captain Robert Lawless, United States Military Academy-West Point (USMA); Professor Michael Schmitt, USMA; Bill Banks, INSCT; and Dr. Christian Schaller, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik.


Cora True-Frost Receives Berlin Fund Grant to Research “Countering Violent Extremism”

INSCT Affiliated Faculty Member C. Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse Law, has received a grant from the Andrew Berlin Family Fund, via INSCT, to research, develop, and host a workshop on “Countering Violent Extremism: The Challenges and Opportunities the Initiatives Present.”

The workshop—to include members of academia, students, and legal and law enforcement professionals—will examine “a new dimension of the age-old relationship between security and human rights: the international-level and national-level embrace of preventing or countering violent extremism programs addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism.”

“The workshop will draw upon my current academic work that increasingly incorporates security concerns with my traditional focus on human rights,” says True-Frost. “I anticipate this event will inform my future scholarship and serve as an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and evolve their own research on this important topic.”

The Andrew Berlin Family Fund was created in 2010 when the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs received an endowment gift to fund faculty and graduate student research relating to issues of national security. The Berlin Fund, established in honor of Professor David H. Bennett, operates through INSCT, a collaboration between SU Maxwell School and Syracuse Law. 

Running for Cover: Politics, Justice, & Media in the Syrian Conflict (October 2016)

Accountability in the Syrian conflict was the focus of a daylong event hosted by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Oct. 6, 2016.

The dialogue analyzed the international community’s response to the Syrian conflict and its effects, as well as the challenges to reporting the war, developing political solutions and seeking justice for victims. Participants also explored how the international community captures news and images from the conflict, investigates alleged war crimes and human rights violations and protects refugees. They also discussed lessons learned from this conflict that might inform the response to future conflicts. The interactive event was designed as a “fishbowl” conversation among academics, policy makers, human rights advocates, journalists and the audience.

Ken Harper, director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, and Lorraine Branham, dean of the Newhouse School, offered opening remarks, and David Crane, founding director of the Syrian Accountability Project in the Syracuse University College of Law, gave the closing remarks.