International Law and the Trump Administration: A Live Online Briefing Series - Part 1 - The Future of International Agreements


President Donald Trump’s executive orders to date, as well as reports of intended policy changes, raise questions about the continuity of U.S. commitments to various treaties and international agreements now in place, including the Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the North Atlantic (NATO) Treaty, and the Paris Agreement on global climate change, and, more broadly, about what role the United States will play over the next four years in advancing and maintaining the international legal architecture that successive administrations put in place.

This live online briefing—the first of a series on international law and the Trump Administration—will feature leading experts in the law of treaties and will examine such issues as the status of treaties and other international agreements under both international and U.S. domestic law; the obligation of nations to comply with the agreements into which they have entered; and the procedures under which they are permitted to withdraw from such agreements or repudiate their obligations under them.


  • Catherine Amirfar, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, former Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department
  • John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Michael Goldhaber, who served for 16 years as international correspondent for The American Lawyer, will moderate the discussion.

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Date and Location

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm