Tech Center Conference Focuses on Legal Aspects of National Security

Posted: May 8, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, part of the Law School’s National Center for Technology and Law, will sponsor a free conference on the legal questions at the forefront of national security tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arlington Campus. The event brings together academics and policymakers in national security law, Internet and e-commerce law, constitutional law, and other fields connected to infrastructure protection.

The program will focus on three questions:

  • What is the proper forum for prosecuting terrorists?
  • Does a federal bill introduced by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Ca.) create a legal precedent that harms or helps critical infrastructure protection? The bill has been interpreted as giving companies the right to legally pursue attackers in cyberspace.
  • What are the roles of the First Amendment and right of privacy in restricting government action to combat terrorism?

James Gilmore, former governor of Virginia, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. Other speakers include Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University professor and author of The Limits of Privacy; David Rivkin, former White House counsel; John Altenberg, former deputy judge advocate of the U.S. Army; and Lawrence Greenberg, general counsel of The Motley Fool.

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