International law permeates government operations across a wide range of U.S. government agencies outside of the State Department. This roundtable will bring together the principal legal advisers of these U.S. agencies to discuss international law issues that affect their agencies and activities. Topics will include treaty frameworks for international cooperation, negotiation and implementation of international agreements, and the law of armed conflict.
Moderator: JEFFREY PRYCE Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Speakers: REAR ADMIRAL JAMES W. CRAWFORD III Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
STEPHEN PRESTON General Counsel, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
ROBERT S. TAYLOR Principal Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
AVRIL HAINES Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. National Security Council
International law, and the world in which it operates, are increasingly both harmonious and dissonant. The Society’s Annual Meeting in 2011 will focus on the evolution of international law in the context of this paradox.
The paradox of simultaneous segmentation and seamlessness raises important questions. Most broadly, when should international law be segmented, and when should it be seamless? What are the mechanisms for deciding this question, and what are the values that inform those decisions? What do these trends say about international law as a coherent system? To what extent are certain groups and their viewpoints excluded or ignored? What does this say about who the influential players within the international legal system are, and how that influence is exercised? What does the existence of competing conceptions of international law itself mean for ASIL's constituents, including judges deciding international issues, practitioners seeking to persuade courts and craft international policy, and scholars seeking to understand and propose solutions to global problems?
Society members are uniquely positioned to tackle these questions with their diverse perspectives, experiences, and areas of expertise, and their unifying commitment to investigating the limits and possibilities of international law. We look forward to an exciting and dynamic meeting that will examine such trends, and their implications for international law and legal institutions in the 21st century.
Rear Admiral James W Crawford III
Rear Admiral James W. Crawford III, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Bob Eatinger is Acting General Counsel for Operations in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Avril Haines is the Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Majority on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations during the 110th Congress and prior to that, Avril served as an attorney adviser and a deputy assistant legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on treaty affairs and the law of war (serving in Iraq for a short period).
Avril was a legal officer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has published in the area of private international law and international humanitarian law. Over the course of her career, she has represented the United States on delegations to the Hague Conference, the United Nations, and elsewhere. Avril clerked for Chief Judge Danny Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Jeffrey Pryce is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Robert S Taylor
Robert S. Taylor is Principal Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense.
The CIA's Robert Eatinger discusses the importance of inter-departmental cooperation in the Federal Government. He highlights the importance of good communication, explaining that in one meeting, "it probably took 20 minutes before we realized we were saying the same thing."