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Fall 2022 Symposium

  • The National Security Law Journal, the International Law Journal, and the National Security Institute held their fall symposium, “Fallout and Repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine Crisis,” on September 23, 2022 on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.  We thank everyone who attended and helped make the event the success it was.
  • Products of War: Corruption, Human Rights Violations, and War Crimes
    • A Fireside Chat with Ambassador Andrew Bremberg and Professor Ilya Somin
  • Sanctions: U.S. and Allied Policy, Its Impact on International Trade, and What to Expect Next
    • A Fireside Chat with Jon P. Yormick and Chad B. Crowell
  • U.S.-NATO Response: The Role of International Law
    • A panel with Major Mika’il Ali, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Wagner, and Professor Darren Dick.  Moderated by Professor Jeremy Rabkin.
Featured Speakers

MAJ Mika’il A. Ali is Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute and a Commissioned Officer serving as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. Major Ali has expertise in cybersecurity, intelligence oversight, data governance, privacy, and intellectual property law and an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at the Scalia School of Law. He currently serves as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the US Marine Corps Training and Education Command where he advises on all legal matters pertaining the Marine Corps training and education enterprise.  At his previous command, Maj Ali provided legal advice on cyberspace operations and countering global emerging threats as a member of United States Cyber Command’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate National Security Law Section.

Major Ali has previously served as the Command Judge Advocate for Cyber Command’s Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network; Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the Cyber National Mission Force; and Military Attorney Advisor in the Defense Information System Agency’s Office of General Counsel.

Full bio.

Amb. Andrew Bremberg is the President and CEO of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Ambassador Bremberg served as the Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

Prior to his work at the UN, he served as Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the Executive Office of the President.  He previously served as Policy Advisor and Counsel on Nominations for the Office of Senate Majority Leader. He also worked for the non-profit MITRE Corporation as a senior health policy-analyst and department manager, and for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ambassador Bremberg earned a B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and a J.D. from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Full bio.


Chad Crowell is an associate in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s International Trade and National Security Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office. Chad advises clients on international trade regulatory matters and complex cross-border transactions, including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, economic sanctions, export controls (ITAR/EAR), antiboycott regulations, and anti-corruption (FCPA).

Full bio.

Prof. Darren M. Dick is Director of Programs at the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law at Scalia Law, where he teaches on intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters.

Prof. Dick led the staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, serving as the Staff Director and General Counsel from August 2013 to January 2015 and as Deputy Staff Director and Counsel from January 2011 to August 2013. Darren also served on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 2005 to 2007, first as counsel and later as Deputy Staff Director. In the private sector, Darren was Senior Manager for Government Relations and Public Policy at EMC Corporation from 2007 to 2011. He is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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Prof. Jeremy Rabkin is a Professor of Law at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he teaches international law and foreign relations law.

Before joining the faculty in June 2007, he was, for over two decades, a professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace (to which he was originally appointed by President G.W. Bush and then reappointed by Barack Obama).

Full bio.


Prof. Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at Scalia Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, democratic theory, federalism, and migration rights.

Somin’s writings have been cited in decisions by the United States Supreme Court, multiple state supreme courts and lower federal courts, and the Supreme Court of Israel. He has testified on the use of drones for targeted killing in the War on Terror before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. 

Full bio.

Dan Wagner retired from the U.S. Army senior military advisor to the Director of Legislative Liaison for US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Washington D.C.  He has a total of eight years working with the U.S. Congress, first for the Secretary of the Army and then for the commander of USSOCOM, including serving in the office of Rep. Mike Rogers (MI-08), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).

As a career military intelligence officer supporting Special Forces, Dan served as a senior representative for USSOCOM to the Central Intelligence Agency as well as multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and other areas with both conventional and special operations units.    Dan is now a principle with O’Brien, Gentry, & Scott LLC.  Separately, he is a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute and is an advisor for the OSS Society as well as Special Operations Association of America and is a co-chapter leader of the 160th Night Stalker Association in Washington DC.

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Jon P. Yormick has practiced law for 30 years and has experience as an international business and trade attorney and litigator, focusing on sensitive investigations, voluntary and directed self-disclosures, penalties and enforcement, compliance, and litigation related to Customs, export controls, economic sanctions, FCPA/antibribery, government procurement matters, and Section 232, Section 301, and antidumping/countervailing trade remedy duties. He also advises clients on issues involving international trade and federal government contracts such as the FAR/DFARS, the Berry Amendment, the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, as well as Made in USA claims administered and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Full bio.

Spring 2022 Symposium

NSLJ and the International Law Journal co-hosted NSLJ’s 10th Anniversary Symposium Series in February 2022 featuring four panels of speakers: 
  • The World Trade Organization’s Future Role in International Trade 
  • Future of U.S. Export Controls and the Impact on International Trade 
  • Future of CFIUS and the Impact of FDI 
  • Future of OFAC Sanctions and International Trade