International Law and the Trump Administration: An Online Series - Part 8 - The Use of Force under International Law


The United States pursues a range of policy options in serving its national interests, from diplomacy to sanctions and other coercive measures to the use of military force. At various times, such measures have been undertaken unilaterally, or pursuant to Security Council authorization, or in accordance with obligations arising under international security agreements. In its first months in office, the Trump Administration has continued military operations conducted by previous administrations against ISIS and other non-state actors, and recently launched a unilateral missile strike against a Syrian government target in response to the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.

This live online briefing, the eighth in the Society's series on "International Law and the Trump Administration," will feature former senior U.S. officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations who were responsible for formulating policy and advising the Executive Branch on issues involving the use of force and the law of armed conflict. 


  • Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School, former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice and former special counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Oona Hathaway, Yale Law School, former special counsel, Office of General Counsel for National Security Law, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Laura Dickinson (moderator), George Washington University School of Law, former senior policy adviser, U.S. Department of State, former Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense

Date and Location

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm