2014 Symposium: Illicit Trafficking and National Security

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February 28, 2014, 1:00pm through 4:00pm
SAC (Student Activities Center): 1330 Miller Drive, University of Miami,
Activities Room North and South
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Please RSVP by February 25, 2014
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The University of Miami National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review cordially invites you to its 2014 Symposium: Illicit Trafficking and National Security. The symposium will be held on February 28, 2014 in the new Student Activity Center from 1pm – 4pm. The symposium will focus on the nexus between national security, illicit trafficking, and the law in Miami and the Greater Americas. Admission is free. Speakers and panelists will include:

  • Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27),
  • Coast Guard Captain James D. Carlson: Staff Judge Advocate, United States Coast Guard Seventh District,
  • Mr. Jeremy Kuester: Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis,
  • Col. Daniel Lecce: Staff Judge Advocate at the United States Southern Command,
  • Dr. Roza Pati: Professor of Law & Director of Human Trafficking Academy at St. Thomas University School of Law,
  • Mr. Jaime A. Raich: Deputy Chief, Major Crimes Section, United States Attorney’s Office (Miami),
  • Ms. Celina Realuyo: Professor of Practice of National Security Affairs, National Defense University.

This is an event that you should not miss!

Please RSVP by February 25, 2014
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2013 Symposium: The Internet and Armed Conflict

How to Respond to Cyber Espionage, Corporate Computer Attacks and Other Acts of Online Crime? Experts Weigh Options

The question of how to react to a cyber attack brings up a complicated set of conundrums: When is a military response called for, as opposed to one from law enforcement? At which point does an attack on a company affect the security of a whole country? Does the victim respond with cyber warfare, or with a blizzard of bombs and bullets? And how quickly can the response be assessed through the norms of international law?

These were among the issues debated at a symposium organized by Miami Law’s National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review and moderated by Professor Markus Wagner. The discussion, titled “The Internet and Armed Conflict,” included as panelists the retired U.S. Air Force Major General Charles Dunlap, a Professor at Duke University School of Law; Jamil Jaffer, Republican Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Major Michael McFerron, a cyber-specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps, Southern Command.


2012 Symposium: Child Soldiers and International Law

Child Soldiers and the Law

If you assume that the quintessential child soldier is a barefoot, 10-year-old African boy with an assault rifle, you might be on the wrong track.

An audience that attended the inaugural symposium of the National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review last week learned that the profile of a child soldier is far more complicated than what is often imagined or portrayed. For instance, 40 percent of child soldiers are girls. Two-thirds of child soldiers enlist voluntarily. A very small percentage are implicated in acts of atrocity, and most are not combatants but cooks, cleaners, sex slaves and forced conjugal partners.