July 2018

On July 17, Professor Mary Beth Altier participated in City and State NY’s Protecting New York Summit. “The summit “offers industry executives, public sector leaders, and academics the opportunity to share ideas about how to discuss New York’s security strategy from elections to community policing and the tools needed to be recognized as a national leader in homeland security and emergency management.” Professor Altier moderated a panel entitled “Maximizing New York’s Security”, which included Thomas Currao, Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, FDNY; William Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of New York Division, FBI; Assemblymember Clyde Vanel, Chair, Subcommittee on Internet and New Technology; Stephen Coraggi, Associate Partner, Security Intelligence and Operations Consulting Practice Leader, IBM Security; Darryl Ramsey, Lead Cybersecurity Architect, ePlus; Oliver Friedrich, VP, Security Automation and Orchestration at Splunk.


On July 3, Professor Jennifer Trahan spoke at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. The event where she spoke was entitled “Legislating Peace: from the Outlawry of War to the Crime of Aggression.” Her remarks were entitled “From Nuremberg to Kampala to New York: The crime of aggression.” Other featured speakers at the conference included former US War Crimes Ambassador Stephen Rapp.

On July 4, Prof. Trahan spoke at the Nieuwe Kerk (new church) in Delft as part of the same conference. Her remarks there were entitled “The crime of aggression and humanitarian intervention.”

On July 5, Prof. Trahan taught in The Hague a class of students from Central Michigan University. She lectured on the US relationship to the International Criminal Court.

Professor Trahan’s 100 page article: “Views of the Future of the Field of International Justice: A Scenarios Project Based on Expert Consultations,” was published in the American University International Law Review, vol. 33, pp. 347-941 (2018). The law review article sets forth her findings based on 20 interviews with tribunal prosecutors and other experts in the field of international justice as to potential possible scenarios for the future of the field. It complements an in-house workshop on the topic that Professor Trahan held February 10, 2017, at the Center for Global Affairs, where she explored such issues with legal advisers to UN missions, NGOs and other international justice experts.


On July 22-27, Adjunct Professor Martin Smyth presented work on the emergence of mass-mobilization movements under conditions of perfusive communication technology utilization at the International Conference on Complex Systems, held in Cambridge, Mass.