Sunday, February 10, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Join Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group Partner and Regulatory Section Leader John M. Geiringer for "The View From 30,000 Feet: A Survey of National Security Law." As the inaugural program of the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law, this full-day conference will approach the complex topic of national security law from a variety of perspectives, setting the stage for future programming in this diverse field.

Just Wars and Separation of Powers
Sunday, February 10 | 9:15 AM
John M. Geiringer, Partner & Regulatory Section Leader

In this session, John will explore jus ad bellum, the principles by which nations may resort to armed conflict under international law, as well as the manner in which national security responsibilities are divided among the three branches of the U.S. government. He will discuss principles of self-defense, collective security, and humanitarian intervention, and address potential limitations on the President’s ability to initiate and sustain hostilities abroad.

Additional topics include:

  • Laws of armed conflict
  • Law enforcement approaches
  • Intelligence collection
  • Detention issues
  • War crimes tribunals
  • Cybersecurity


  • 6 hours of MCLE credit, including 2 hours of Professional Responsibility credit
  • 6 hours of PA MCLE credit
  • 1 hour of student credit for Chicago-Kent students

About The Center for National Security and Human Rights Law

The Center is a forum in which scholars, practitioners, students and the general public can grapple with the complex and evolving issues surrounding national security law, along with the manner in which society must balance the competing interests of security and freedom.

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