Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security is the oldest Standing Committee in the ABA. We have sustained a commitment to educating the Bar and public on national security issues.

A Fireside Chat with G. Zachary Terwilliger - September 26

Register for a luncheon chat with G. Zachary Terwilliger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on September 26, 12-1 pm at GMU's Antonin Scalia Law School, Fairfax VA

A Letter from the ABA President about Civic Education

President Robert Carlson wrote to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service to affirm the importance of civic education for the strength, resilience, and security of the nation.

Our Latest Events

Our Latest Events

National Security Law Breakfast with Andrea Gacki

Director Andrea Gacki of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the U.S. Treasury Department discussed the national security implications of economic sanctions, and how OFAC monitors sanctions and sanction violations.

Click to listen - Panel Audio

The American Way: Rule of Law in Intelligence and Covert Operations

The Standing Committee and the National Security Institute at George Mason University held a launch event for the new 2019 U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook. Sourcebook co-editors Andrew Borene, Adam Pearlman and Harvey Rishikof spoke on a panel with national security practitioners Elisa Poteat and Megan Stifel.

Click to listen - Panel Audio

Read The New Space Policy Report "Defending America's Place in Space"

Read the recently released workshop report "Defending America's Place in Space: Future Threats and Rules" from the Standing Committee on Law and National Security and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Watch Remarks from a recent Space Policy Workshop

"Commercial Space: What Will Be Profitable and When?" by Mark Mozena of Planet Labs

More Remarks

"Future Undesirable Space Conjunctions: Who Is and Should Be Liable?" by Christopher Kunstadter of AXA XL

Conferences and Events

Visit the ABA Cyber Task Force Page

The ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force's mission is to identify and compile resources within the ABA that pertain to cybersecurity, and to focus and coordinate the ABA’s legal and policy analyses and assessments of proposals relating to cybersecurity

ABA Cybersecurity Handbook

The second edition of the Handbook published by the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force addresses current overarching threats, describes how the technology works, outlines key legal requirements and ethical issues, and highlights special considerations for lawyers and practitioners of all types. It's a must read for anyone working in the field.

Find more National Security Resources

For more articles, books and information on the law, visit our resources page

About the Standing Committee

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2012 and is the oldest Standing Committee in the ABA. The Committee, since 1962, has sustained an unwavering commitment to educating the Bar and the public on the importance of the rule of law in preserving the freedoms of democracy and our national security. Founded by then-ABA President and later Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Powell, the Committee focuses on legal aspects of national security with particular attention in recent years to issues raised by legal responses to terrorist events. The Committee conducts studies, sponsors programs and administers working groups on law and national security-related issues to serve members and the profession. Activities assist policymakers, educate lawyers, the media and the public, and enable the Committee to make recommendations to the ABA. The 11-member Committee is aided by an Advisory Committee, Counselors, and liaisons from ABA entities.