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Harvard Law School Symposium: Economic Sanctions and National Security

October 6, 2023 @ 9:30 am 4:30 pm

This symposium features Professor Ashley Deeks, former Associate White House Counsel and former Deputy legal Adviser to the U.S. National Security Council; and Ambassador C.J. Mahoney, Deputy General Counsel of International Trade and Azure at Microsoft, and former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. The symposium will also feature a host of leading academics, attorneys, and regulators who are operating at the intersection of economic sanctions and national security, including a panel discussing sanctions on China and Russia. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

9:30 – 10:00 | Registration and Welcome from the Editors

10:00 – 11:00 | Panel: The Private World of U.S. Economic Sanctions

  • Maryam Jamshidi, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School
  • Lawrence Scheinert, Associate Director of Compliance and Enforcement at the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury

11:15 – 12:15 | Panel: The Past, Present, and Future of Sanctions

  • Elena Chachko, Assistant Professor at Berkeley Law
  • Stephanie Connor, Assistant Chief Counsel for Foreign Assets Control at the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Juan Zarate, Global Co-Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of K2 Integrity, Former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury
  • Brandon Van Grack, Co-Chair of National Security and Global Risk & Crisis Management at Morrison Foerster
  • Moderated by Katniss Li, SJD Candidate at Harvard Law School

12:30 – 1:45 | Keynote Lunch: Sanctions and National Security

  • Speech by Professor Ashley Deeks, Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; former Associate White House Counsel; former Deputy Legal Adviser to the U.S. National Security Counsel
  • Speech by Ambassador C.J. Mahoney, Deputy General Counsel, International Trade and Azure at Microsoft; Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

2:00 – 3:00 | Panel: Regional Sanctions Regimes – Russia and China

  • Jim Mullinax, Senior Advisor to the Sanctions Coordinator, U.S. State Department
  • Rachel Alpert, Co-Chair of National Security, Sanctions, and Export Control at Jenner & Block
  • Adam Smith, Co-Chair of the International Trade Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Moderated by Chris Mirasola, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

3:15 – 4:15 | Panel: Corporate Compliance and Sanctions

  • Ed Peartree, Vice President, Head of Export Control at Airbus
  • Bryce Bittner, Managing Counsel, International Trade Legal at McKinsey & Co.
  • Jacques Singer-Emery, Trial Attorney, Counterintelligence and Export Controls Section, Department of Justice National Security Division
  • Shoba Pillay, Co-Chair of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity at Jenner & Block
  • Robert Peri, Managing Director, Sanctions Compliance at Citi
  • Moderated by Patrick E. McDonnell, Associate – National Security and Privacy + Data Security at Morrison Foerster


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