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Past JLIA Lectures and Symposia

JLIA hosts a number of lectures and symposia throughout the year, including the recent events below.

During the 2011-12 academic year, the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs hosted a lecture series on the evolving national security narrative. At the millennium’s dawn, the national security landscape shifted from its post-cold war underpinnings to the current war on terrorism framework. Given the winding down of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and extraordinary pressures on the defense budget, that framework is primed for further restructuring. The purpose of the lecture series, and the related journal issue, is to identify and understand the threats, responses and accountability mechanisms that will define the future national security configuration, and to influence policymakers toward a coherent, effective strategy. 

Speaker Topic Date/Location
P.J. Crowley
Omar Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership
Wikileaks: One Year Later October 26, 2011
6:00 p.m.
Harold Koh
Legal Advisor to the U.S. Department of State
A Smart Power Approach to International Law and National Security January 26, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Ronald Deibert
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
A Perfect Storm in Cyberspace * February 1, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Princeton University
The Big Picture: Beyond Hot Spots & Crises in Our Interconnected World March 15, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt
Reporters, New York Times
Counterstrike * March 21, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Daniel Drezner
The Fletcher School of Tufts University
International Politics and Zombies * March 22, 2012
7:00 p.m.
John Dower
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cultures of War * March 29, 2012
7:00 p.m.
 
Flynt Leverett
The School of International Affairs at Penn State University
Energy, Economics, and the Lost Art of Grand Strategy: American Policy Toward the Persian Gulf and Rising Asia in the 21st Century April 3, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Harold James
Princeton University
The Global Order After the Financial Crisis * April 5, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in the Auditorium of Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle, PA, simulcast to the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, PA, and webcast live.

* This event is co-sponsored by the Clarke Forum. It will be held in Great Room in the Stern Center on the Dickinson College campus, located at the intersection of W. Louther and N. College Streets in Carlisle.

Bringing Mediation to Investor-State Disputes: Suggestions from Dispute System Design and Procedural Justice — November 9, 2011
Professor Nancy Welsh of the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, and Professor Andrea Schneider of Marquette Law School

The article discussed during this seminar will appear in JLIA’s inaugural issue, which will examine the past and future interaction between the disciplines of law and international affairs with particular focus on the points of tangency, overlap, and conflict. It will explore the principles and ideas that have led to the current state of discourse on international law and policy and offer insight on the shape and importance of this discourse in the future.

Perilous Seas: Piracy in the 21st Century — September 26, 2011
Vice Admiral James Houck, Professor Joel Samuels of the University of South Carolina School of Law, and Professor Clive Schofield, Director of Research and ARC Future Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security

The essays developed from this panel discussion will appear in JLIA’s inaugural issue, which will examine the past and future interaction between the disciplines of law and international affairs with particular focus on the points of tangency, overlap, and conflict. It will explore the principles and ideas that have led to the current state of discourse on international law and policy and offer insight on the shape and importance of this discourse in the future.