McGeorge School of Law

Warfare Conference Explores Emerging Trends in American Military Operations

October 5, 2012

MLS Forum crowd

"The Emerging Trends in Modern Warfare" conference panel

On Sept. 21, McGeorge hosted a conference, “The Emerging Trends in Modern Warfare,” which brought together leading experts on current U.S. military operations and the laws that constrain high-tech warfare.

The one-day conference was well-attended by students, faculty, military attorneys and the members of the general public who listened attentively to two expert panels. Three leading federal government officials comprised the first panel, which focused on the practical operational considerations that are necessary when people from the military, law enforcement, and intelligence work together and how that convergence actually works in the field. The panelists were: Herb Brown, special agent in charge of the Sacramento office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Dana Dyson, deputy chief, CIA Office of the General Counsel’s Operation Division; and James Schmidli, deputy general counsel for Operations, Defense Intelligence Agency.

The second panel explored the “Constitutional, International Humanitarian Law, and the Law of Armed Conflict Issues” that arise when the evolving components of modern warfare come together in American military overseas actions. Ann Quinton, an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross, joined Professor Gregory McNeal of the Pepperdine University School of Law and McGeorge Professor John Sims for that discussion.

Katie O’Connor of the McGeorge Military Law Society was the key organizer of the conference. Other chartered student organization sponsors included the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society.