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The conflict in Ukraine has forced consideration of numerous issues in the law of armed conflict that scholars and policymakers had put on the back burner during the twenty plus years of fighting the Global War on Terror. The challenges of asymmetric warfare seemed to suggest that the nature of war had fundamentally changed, and that the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) was becoming of limited utility in fighting non-state actor groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. There was talk for years of needing a revised set of LOAC rules, and that the Geneva Conventions and other rules of humanitarian law were now outdated and quaint. In taking this stance, however, the US may have contributed to weakening the authority of international law in the context of armed conflict. At the very least, it seems fair to say that the disdain in which the US has held International Humanitarian Law deprived us of an opportunity to strengthen international constraints in armed conflict and weakened our ability to insist on compliance with LOAC in an International Armed Conflict (IAC) such as the one Ukraine currently faces with Russia. Thus, for example, the disrespect with which the US has held institutions like the International Criminal Court (ICC) has contributed significantly to weakening that institution and has inflicted damage precisely at a moment that the U.S. should have been seeking to build up the legitimacy of the ICC in the international arena by willingly submitting to its jurisdiction. Ukraine, by contrast, declared its acceptance of ICC jurisdiction for crimes committed on Ukrainian soil in 2014, following the invasion of Crimea. That embrace of ICC jurisdiction may turn out to be critical for Ukraine as efforts move forward to conduct war crimes trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine by Russian forces.
In this talk, Claire Finkelstein will address rule of law compliance in international armed conflict, focusing on the situation in Ukraine. How should the United States and the rest of NATO, as well as non-NATO countries in the area and the international community, hold Russia to the laws of war? Should NATO allow compliance with LOAC to languish due to fear on nuclear escalation? Is there a way to protect compliance with humanitarian and other international norms without risking co-belligerency with Ukraine? What forms of accountability are possible for Russian state actors and for Russian leadership when Russia recognizes no international authority over it? And finally, how can the U.S. lead by example to shore up its commitment to LOAC and IHL in the international community, recognizing the problematic nature of U.S. practice in the area of detainee policy and practice and adherence to POW laws. Is it time to rethink the relationship between domestic and international law in the context of armed conflict?
Professor Finkelstein is the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC). She is a distinguished research fellow at APPC and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). An expert in the law of armed conflict, military ethics, and national security law, she is a co-editor (with Jens David Ohlin) of The Oxford Series in Ethics, National Security, and the Rule of Law, and an editor of five of its volumes: Targeted Killings: Law & Morality in an Asymmetrical World (2012); Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts(2015); Weighing Lives in War (2017); Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority (2018); and Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of War (forthcoming). Professor Finkelstein has briefed Pentagon officials, U.S. Senate staff, and JAG Corps members on various issues in national security law and practice. She is a frequent radio, podcast, broadcast, and print commentator and has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. Her other scholarly work has focused on criminal law theory, moral and political philosophy, jurisprudence, and rational choice theory. She is the editor of Hobbes on Law (Ashgate Publishing, 2005) and is completing a book called Contractarian Legal Theory.
John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.
He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.
John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.
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