National Security Law – San Diego

AALS Section on National Security call for papers: National Security Law Advice to the New Administration. The panel will be Jan. 8, 2009. The call for papers deadline is Aug. 15, 2008.

In connection with the January 2009 annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in San Diego, the AALS Section on National Security Law plans to sponsor a panel discussion entitled “National Security Law Advice to the New Administration.”

To complete the roster of panelists, we are seeking submissions of papers relating to this subject.  Eligible papers might address the subject of the advice in many different ways. For example, papers might focus on a discrete ongoing problem, such as detention and trial of accused terrorists or reform of surveillance laws. Alternatively, papers could offer theoretical or historical perspectives, or develop recommendations concerning humanitarian intervention or measures to better ensure human security; or engage in a memorandum-style set of recommendations across a range of national security law problems.  Creative approaches are welcome, and everyone is eligible to submit.  Both essay and article-length papers are welcome.

The winner will participate in the Section’s panel discussion at the annual meeting, which will take place from 8:30 until 10:15 on Thursday, January 8, 2009, in San Diego. The winner’s article also will be published in short-form in the National Security Law Report (the periodical of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security) and at full length in the Journal of National Security Law & Policy (subject to final approval of the article from the editors of that publication).

The winner will be selected by a review committee consisting of members of the Executive Committee of the Section on National Security Law.  Submissions should include:

  •       a cover letter confirming the author’s willingness to participate in the panel event in San Diego (please note that authors will have to rely on their own institutions for funding to attend the conference);
  • a c.v.; and
  • the draft article itself (we will accept abstracts accompanied by outlines as well).

Please email submissions (or questions) to wcbanks [at] with the attachments in Word, Word Perfect, or PDF format if possible. The deadline to email a submission is August 15, 2008.