2015 Symposium


Monday, February 23, 2015

Keynote Speaker: John Bellinger
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Former Legal Advisor to the Department of State

This year the symposium will feature several panels addressing modern international security concerns with significant, potentially unforeseen, effects on diverse fields of international law. The Symposium’s panel concerning international business will consider how political instability, security conflicts, and changing borders may affect private investment rights, particularly with respect to natural resource production. Panelists will discuss how concerns about conflict and instability affect the opportunity for foreign private investors to conduct business and engage in trade in many areas of the world—such as Crimea, Iraq, and Palestine. In addition, the panel on international intervention will examine the legal issues presented by states’ and multistate organizations’ intervention in other states and attempt to answer questions such as when is it lawful to provide assistance to a certain state, or groups within a state, and when should self-determination and sovereignty be weighed against the imminent need to ameliorate instability within and between states. The Symposium’s final panel of the afternoon will focus on cybersecurity and efforts currently underway in the United Nations and elsewhere to build consensus on international norms for state behavior in cyber space. Companion efforts in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the ASEAN Regional Forum to develop regional cyber confidence measures also will be a focus of the panel.


Political Instability and International Investment”

Moderator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Richard N. Dean, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Frederick E. Jenney, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mark C. Paist, Assistant General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

“When and Why Can Intervention Violate International Law

Moderator: John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law; Director, Center for National Security Law; Director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Michael Schmitt, Director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law and Charles H. Stockton Professor, U.S. Naval War College; Professor of Public International Law, Exeter University
  • Monica Hakimi, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Another Law of the Seas?—The Fight for Customary Law in Cyberspace

Moderator: Thomas A. Dukes, Jr. Deputy Coordinator for cyber issues at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Fellow for Cyber Security at International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
  • Albert Rees, Jr., Senior Counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law
  • Gary Brown, Head of Communications and Congressional Affairs at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • LCDR Matthew J. Sklerov, Chief of Operational Law at U.S. Cyber Command