A Year of Great Debates on National Security Law at the Just Security Blog

September 23, 2014 marks the official birthdate of Just Security. It has been a terrific first year! Our goal has been to raise and broaden the conversation on U.S. national security law and policy. In pursuit of that effort, Just Security has served in part as a platform for high-level debates between competing points of views. For readers tuning in for the first time and for those who have been with us from the start (and for all of you in-between), I thought it would be fun and informative to showcase some of the high-powered debates over the past year—especially because all of the issues in essence remain relevant today.

Check out this sample of lively debates and exchanges:

The role of legal advisors in the State Department on law and politics of humanitarian intervention in Syria 2013: Harold Koh (Round 1 and 2) v. David Kaye v. Ryan Goodman

The PCLOB Report on foreign intelligence surveillance: PCLOB Chair David Medine v. Jennifer Granick

The relationship between the intelligence community and national security lawyers: General Charles Dunlap v. Marshall Erwin

US spying on China: Edward Lucas v. Jennifer Granick

Democratic value of Snowden revelations (“espionage porn”): Steve Vladeck (Round 1 and 2) v. Rahul Sagar (Round 1 and 2)

U.K. detention powers (the arrest and interrogation of David Miranda): Jeremy Waldron v. Shaheed Fatima

Legality of US airstrikes in Syria 2014: Ryan Goodman (Round 1 and 2) v. Michael Lewis (Round 1 & 2) v. Jonathan Horowitz

Palestinian statehood: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Round 1 and 2) v. Nimrod Karin

Law on Al Qaeda and Associated Forces: Ryan Goodman (Round 1 and 2) v. Christof Heyns v. Kevin Jon Heller

Role of Congress in Iran nuclear agreement: David Golove v. Tyler Cullis

Federal media shield law: Sophia Cope v. David Pozen

President’s defense of NSA: Richard Epstein v. Jennifer Granick

Espionage and journalism: Gabriel Schoenfeld (Round 1 and 2) v. Steve Vladeck v. Marty Lederman

Transparency obligations for targeted killings: Philip Alston v. Eric Jensen

Extrajudicial release of Afghan detainees: Gabor Rona v. Christopher Rogers

Sting operations and counterterrorism: Samuel Rascoff (Round 1 and 2) v. David Cole

Metadata and the Fourth Amendment: Orin Kerr (Round 1 and 2) and Jennifer Granick (Round 1 and 2)

SIGINT-Based Targeted Killings: Geoff Corn & Chris Jenks (Round 1 and 2) v. Ryan Goodman & Derek Jinks

The role of military necessity and the Lieber Code: David Luban (Round 1 and 2) v. John Witt

Privacy rights and the collection vs. analysis of personal data:  Charles Blanchard v. Brett Max Kaufman

The role of human rights law in armed conflict: Geoffrey Corn (Round 1 and 2) v. Derek Jinks (Round 1 and 2) v. Gabor Rona (Round 1 and 2)

Security detentions under human rights law: Judge Lech Garlicki v. Ryan Goodman

Amnesty International report on drone strikes in Pakistan: Naureen Shah v. Chris Jenks 

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Ryan Goodman

Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, former Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-2016). You can follow him on Twitter @rgoodlaw.