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Will Compliance with International Law Make Us More Secure?

Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754
Christina Bruno
(212) 382-6656


Will Compliance with International Law Make Us More Secure?

Advice for the New Administration


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?

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 6:30 p.m.

Where: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street

Columbia Law School, Harper’s Magazine

President, Human Rights First

New York University School of Law

MARK R. SHULMAN, New York City Bar Committee on International Human Rights, Moderator

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.