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    ASIL-UNA Series Part 2: The Use of Force Against a Nuclear Threat from Iran

    Assuming efforts to achieve a negotiated resolution do not succeed, President Obama has made clear that the military option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons remains on the table. Under what circumstance would the exercise of that option be consistent with domestic and international law? If the Security Council is blocked by Russia and China, what actions can the US or NATO take? Would authorization of the Congress be necessary? What about action by Israel?

    This course is the second installment of three programs in a series cosponsored by the American Society of International Law in partnership with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s International Law Committee to address the issue of the use of force. When is it permissible? What is the role of the UN and how can it be carried out? For information about the full series, please click here.



    • David E Birenbaum, Moderator, former US Ambassador to the United Nations for UN Management and Reform and of counsel to the firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson


    • William Taft IV, former Legal Adviser to the State Department, US Ambassador to NATO, Acting Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense
    • Davis Robinson, former Legal Adviser to the State Department and senior counsel to the firm of Crowell & Moring, LLP

    Registration Information:

    Lunch will be provided at each program.

    • Members of ASIL = Free
    • Non-ASIL Members = $15.00
    • Members of the UNA-NCA and WFLS = Free with discount code “UNPART”
    • Students of ASIL Academic Partner Schools = Free with discount code “UNPART”

    Difficulties with registration? Please contact the ASIL Service Center at services@asil.org or +1-202-939-6001.