New Technology and Old Law Symposium: Rethinking National Security (Fall 2014)

New Technology and Old Law: Rethinking National Security

Texas A&M Law Review Fall 2014 Symposium

Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Texas A&M University School of Law | Amon G. Carter Lecture Hall


Symposium Description

The Symposium will offer a series of panel discussions exploring a number of technological innovations that have drastically altered the way we think about national security.  Further, the Symposium will explore how these technologies fit into the existing legal framework that governs the anticipation, identification, and defense against national security threats.

Presentation topics include:

  • Theft of intellectual property via cyber espionage
  • Regulation of UAVs under current legal framework
  • Emerging biotechnologies and the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention
  • Effect of new technology and social media on the “reasonable expectation” concept
  • Public expectations regarding internet privacy and impacts on national security
  • Technological and legal challenges surrounding drone regulation in the U.S.
  • The rise of ISIS and the national security implications


Keynote Presenter

The Law Review is excited to announce the Symposium’s Keynote Speaker: William C. Banks, Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University College of Law.

Distinguished Presenters Include:

    William C. Banks
    • Keynote Presenter
    • Professor, Syracuse University College of Law
    • Director, Institute for National Security and Counter Terrorism 
    • J.D. – University of Denver, College of Law 

    Paul Finkelman 
    • Senior Fellow, Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, University of Pennsylvania
    • Scholar-in-Residence, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
    • Ph. D. University of Chicago 

    Abraham Wagner 
    • Professor, Columbia Law School 
    • Fellow, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
    • J.D. – University of Chicago Law School
    • Ph. D. – University of Rochester 

    Steve Vladeck 
    • Professor, American University, Washington College of Law
    • Fellow, Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law
    • J.D. – Yale Law School 

    Margaret Hu 
    • Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law
    • J.D. – Duke Law School 

    David E. Graham
    • Executive Director, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School
    • J.D. – University of Texas School of Law
    • Hague Academy of International Law 

    Catherine Lotrionte 
    • Professor, Georgetown University
    • Executive Director, Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security
    • J.D. – New York University Law School
    • Ph. D. – Georgetown University 

    Tung Yin 
    • Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School
    • J.D. – University of California 

    Adam Pearlman 
    • Associate Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
    • J.D. – George Washington University School of Law
    • Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University 

    Vickie Sutton 
    • Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law
    • Director, Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy
    • J.D. – American University, Washington College of Law
    • Ph. D. – University of Texas, Dallas

    Sahar F. Aziz 
    • Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
    • J.D. – University of Texas
    • Chair-Elect, Islamic Law Section, Association of American Law Schools
    • President, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association

Attending attorneys can receive up to 6 hours of CLE credit | Lunch provided


The Texas A&M Law Review would like thank the following sponsors: