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Will Compliance with International Law Make Us More Secure? Advice for the New Administration
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 6:30 PM

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Lawyers have a tendency to believe that more law is generally good and that greater adherence to law is always better. In no area is this presumption timelier or more hotly contested than in national security. Over the past seven years, the Association has been working with special fervor to improve U.S. laws affecting national security and to ensure compliance with them and with international law. With the inauguration of the new Administration, the Association is pausing to ask the most basic question – Will compliance with international law make us more secure? Among the topics to address are whether the current international legal regime is adequate to provide security and if not, can it be reformed to do so; whether working with international organizations will provide more security; and what are the costs of complying?

Columbia Law School, Harper's Magazine

New York University School of Law

President, Human Rights First

MARK R. SHULMAN, Moderator