2023 National Security Symposium

On Thursday June 23, the National Security Institute (NSI), in partnership with the Federalist Society, hosted the 2023 National Security Symposium. This year’s theme was entitled: “The Legal, Practical, and Policy Implications of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict.”

The 2023 National Security Symposium brought together distinguished practitioners and scholars to examine the legal, practical, and policy implications of the war between Russia and Ukraine.  It focused both on what has happened so far, and what could happen in the aftermath, whenever and however it ends.

The event featured:

10:00 – 10:15am: Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:45am – Panel I: The Economic War: What Has Been Done, What Can Be Done, and What Should Be Done?

    • Scott R. Anderson, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; General Counsel and Senior Editor, Lawfare; Senior Fellow, National Security Law Program, Columbia Law School
    • Richard Goldberg, Senior Advisor, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
    • Moderator: Eric Kadel, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch and Keynote Address: 

  • Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison

1:30 – 3:00pm – Panel II: Adjudicating Atrocities from the Russia-Ukraine War: Can It Be Done, In What Tribunals, and Should There Be Limits?

    • Ambassador Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador At-Large for Global Criminal Justice, US Department of State
    • Prof. Michael A. Newton, Director, International Legal Studies Program, Vanderbilt University Law School
    • Prof. Jeremy A. Rabkin, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
    • Moderator: Matthew R. A. Heiman, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Waystar Health; Senior Fellow and Director of Planning, National Security Institute

This event was livestreamed on The Federalist Society YouTube page.

International and National Law Practice Group,
National Security Institute at George Mason University

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this important discussion.