Stanford Journal of International Law (SJIL)

Governing Intelligence

Transnational Threats and the National Security State

May 2-3, 2014 at Stanford Law School

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As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report approaches, the goal of Governing Intelligence is to move beyond the rather narrow focus of today's debate -- largely about surveillance -- to have a broader conversation about the power and limits of intelligence agencies in the face of transnational threats.  

Conference Format

Governing Intelligence will be a forum for open and constructive discussion on urgent issues at the intersection of intelligence and national security.

  1. Executive Power, Legal Mandates, and Organizational Design
  2. Transnational Threats
  3. Oversight and Accountability 
  4. Intelligence Gathering and Individual Rights

Panels will be moderated by distinguished Stanford faculty, including Elizabeth Magill, Dean of the Law School, and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The conference will also highlight original scholarship to be published in the upcoming issue of the Stanford Journal of International Law. 

Tentative Schedule

Friday, May 2, 2014

1:30-3:30PM: FBI-MI5: A Comparative Perspective on Domestic Intelligence (Private/Stanford-Only; Stanford-ID Required; Chatham House Rule*)

  • Sir Jonathan Evans KCB, former Director-General of British Security Service (MI5);
  • Robert Mueller, former Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);

Moderator: Phil Taubman, Consulting Professor, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). 

3:30-5:00PM: Executive Power, Legal Mandates & Organizational Design

  • Elisabeth Paté Cornell, former Member of President's Intelligence Advisory Board;
  • Alejandro Poiré, former Mexican Secreary of the Interior; 
  • Benjamin Powell, former General Counsel to the Director of National Intelligence;
  • Brad Roberts, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy;

Moderator: Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Director at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).

Saturday, May 3, 2014

8:30-9:00AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30AM: SJIL Symposium Paper Presentations

  • Rush Atkinson, Honors Attorney, U.S. DOJ, National Security Division;
  • Julia Ballaschk, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen; 
  • Thomas Earnest, Adjunct Professor of Law-Deisgnate at NYU School of Law;
  • Sudha Setty, Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law;

Moderator: Allen S. Weiner, Director, Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law. 

10:30-11:30AM: Keynote Speaker #1: [TBA]

11:30-1:00PM: Transnational Threats

  • John C. Gannon, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency;
  • Christopher A. Kojm, Chairman, National Intelligence Council;
  • Caryn Wagner, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security;

Moderator: Thomas Fingar, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis.

1:00-2:30PM: Lunch / Keynote Speaker #2: [TBA]

2:30-4:00PM: Oversight & Accountability 

  • Judge James G. Carr, former Judge of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court;
  • Carrie Cordero, Director of National Security Studies, Georgetown University; 
  • George Ellard, Inspector General, National Security Agency;
  • Glenn Fine, former Inspector General, Department of Justice;

Moderator: Dean Elizabeth Magill, Stanford Law School. 

4:00-5:30PM: Intelligence Gathering & Individual Rights

  • Cindy Cohn, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation;
  • Elisebeth Collins Cook, Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board;
  • John C. Inglis, former Deputy Director, National Security Agency;
  • Beth Van Schaack, former Deputy to U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. Department's Office of Global Criminal Justice;

Moderator: Shirin Sinnar, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. 

5:30-6:30PM: Keynote Speaker #3: Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU.

6:30-7:30PM: Reception

*Under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received at the FBI-MI5 talk, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

With the exception of the FBI-MI5 talk, conference proceedings are on-the-record and open to the public. Approved for 10.25 CLE credits.

This event is sponsored by the Graduate School Council, Office of the Vice Provost, Europe Center, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Speakers Bureau, International Law Society, Constitutional Law Center, White & Case, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Billie Achilles Fund, and the Program in Law and Society. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.

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