National Security Institute https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu/ en 24 students, a Supreme Court Justice, and national security experts walk into a piazza… https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu/news/2023-01/24-students-supreme-court-justice-and-national-security-experts-walk-piazza <span>24 students, a Supreme Court Justice, and national security experts walk into a piazza…</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/16451" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mariam Aburdeineh</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/17/2023 - 11:28</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/jjaffer" hreflang="en">Jamil N. Jaffer</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><h2><span><span>Study-abroad trip features Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and national security experts</span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span class="intro-text">Over the summer, 24 students from George Mason University’s <a href="https://www.law.gmu.edu/">Antonin Scalia Law School</a> delved deep into issues of constitutional law, separation of powers, and national security in Padua, Italy—a place of inspiration for many of these ideals. The two-week study-abroad trip was co-taught by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and <a href="https://nationalsecurity.gmu.edu/">National Security Institute</a> Founder and Executive Director <a href="https://nationalsecurity.gmu.edu/about-us/faculty/jamil-jaffer/">Jamil Jaffer</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p>“You get a real opportunity to bond, interact and debate these hard issues,” said Jaffer, who has co-led this trip with Supreme Court justices for five years, three of which have been in Padua. “It creates a really unique experience for the students, but also for our guests who come to engage with the students—not just in a sort of panel discussion, but in a place where you really have nothing else to do but chat with the students and talk about these issues.”</p> <figure role="group"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq336/files/2023-01/Justice%20Gorsuch%20and%20Law%20Students%20Group%20Shot%2016%20x9.jpg" width="3000" height="1687" alt="A group shot including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Jamil Jaffer and the students who attended the study abroad trip." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>A group photo from the last day of class with law students, program leadership and guest speakers. From left to right: Jamil Jaffer; Karen Gibson, Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate; Omario Kanji, NSI's Director of International Programs; and Justice Neil Gorsuch. Photo provided.</figcaption></figure><h3><span><span><strong>Learning from the Experts</strong></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>The trip comprises of two classes: one with Justice Gorsuch on separation of powers, and the other with Jaffer on applied separation of powers, exploring conflicts between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government on issues of national security. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Patrick Madrid, a third-year student and active duty major in the U.S. Marine Corps, found both classes enlightening. Having been with the Marines for more than 12 years, he said he learned about inter-branch conflicts that affected operations he participated in. </span></span></p> <figure class="quote"><span><span>“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” <span><span>Madrid said</span></span>, “just to have the opportunity to take classes with Professor Jaffer, who’s awesome and has a great and extensive background, and of course with Justice Gorsuch, and have the opportunity to discuss cases he had written on and get a more in-depth understanding of his judicial philosophy.”</span></span></figure><p><span><span>Students also engaged with a bipartisan group of federal judges and national security practitioners including Judge Jeffrey Sutton, Judge Joan Larsen, former<a> </a><a href="https://www.nsa.gov/">National Security Agency</a> Deputy Director Richard Ledgett and former Director of Intelligence for United States Central Command <a href="https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/person/gibson-karen.htm">Karen Gibson</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“It was very enriching to hear how each of the speakers described their role in the government and what they believe the future holds for the nation,” said second-year law student Thyme Hawkins. “As I begin my legal career, it’s great to know that I can fit in somewhere and have a positive impact as long as I take the initiative to do so.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This trip has also helped encourage me to think critically about issues raised at the highest level of government or in our nation’s highest court,” Hawkins added. “I think being willing to consider our nation’s most important questions will help me professionally and personally deal with any questions that may come before me.” </span></span></span></p> <figure role="group"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq336/files/2023-01/Student%20Kaitlin%20Groundwater%20listening%20to%20Professor%20Jaffer%27s%20class%2016%20x%209.jpg" width="4032" height="2268" alt="Law student Kaitlin Groundwater listening to Professor Jaffer's class. She is taking notes on a laptop." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Student Kaitlin Groundwater listening and taking notes during Jamil Jaffer's class. Photo provided.</figcaption></figure><h3><span><span><strong><span>Inspiring Future Leaders</span></strong></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>In addition to intensive course work and readings, building connections was paramount. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“What I liked the most… was how many chances we had to connect with our law school peers and with Justice Gorsuch and Professor Jaffer,” Hawkins said. “That aspect of the trip was quite refreshing since the legal field is ultimately a form of service for others, so fostering camaraderie and professional relationships are integral.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Jaffer, </span>who previously clerked for Justice Gorsuch<span>, said the trip also allows students to talk with guest speakers about their careers and how they got where they are today. He said he hopes students take away that the opportunities they see in front of them are accessible.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I’m living proof that you can be a law student who wants to get into national security and achieve it,” Jaffer said. “My parents grew up in Tanzania. I’m Muslim. But I worked in national security in the Bush administration.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Whether you’re a woman or a man, or you come from a minority background, or your parents didn’t come from this country,” Jaffer said, “I want [students] to walk away thinking, ‘I could do that, too.’”</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em>To learn more about Mason’s National Security Institute and their future study-abroad opportunities, visit </em><a href="https://nationalsecurity.gmu.edu/"><em>nationalsecurity.gmu.edu</em></a><em>.</em></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/25076" hreflang="en">study abroad</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28781" hreflang="en">National Security</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29076" hreflang="en">National Security Institute</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15836" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14101" hreflang="en">Students</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14471" hreflang="en">Campus News</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/26626" hreflang="en">Supreme Court</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/18836" hreflang="en">Antonin Scalia Law School</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 17 Jan 2023 16:28:52 +0000 Mariam Aburdeineh 622561 at https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu Mason Conference, Schar School Testimony Lead to High Court Reversal of a Decision https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu/news/2021-04/mason-conference-schar-school-testimony-lead-high-court-reversal-decision <span>Mason Conference, Schar School Testimony Lead to High Court Reversal of a Decision</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/19871" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Andrew J Schappert</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:42</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/lshelley" hreflang="und">Louise I. Shelley</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <div alt="Photo of Louise Shelley" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="{&quot;image_style&quot;:&quot;large&quot;,&quot;image_link&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;svg_render_as_image&quot;:1,&quot;svg_attributes&quot;:{&quot;width&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;height&quot;:&quot;&quot;}}" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="5814e294-3fc7-4221-86a8-15b49d9c86fb" title="Photo of Louise Shelley" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq336/files/styles/large/public/2021-01/louise-shelley.jpg?itok=xI7DI8HD" alt="Photo of Louise Shelley" title="Photo of Louise Shelley" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Louise Shelley: ‘This is an example of events at the Schar School affecting human lives and policy.’</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span>A high-level international conference and expert witness testimony from a <a href="http://schar.gmu.edu/">Schar School of Policy and Government</a> professor contributed to a groundbreaking reversal by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>An activist of the liberal Yabloko party in Kalmykia, Russia, was arrested and tortured for his opposition activity in Russia and sentenced in 2012. After seeking asylum in the U.S., he was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the Trump presidency on a “Red Notice” issued by INTERPOL and faced deportation. Red Notices are alerts to law enforcement agencies issued by foreign governments citing wanted fugitives. On the basis of this politically-motivated Red Notice, the Russian activist was in detention for several years in the United States and faced deportation.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>This week the BIA sent the case back to the ruling judge citing the errors in his previous decision. In reversing the decision, the BIA panel of  judges cited information and data presented at an international conference in November, 2018, sponsored by the George Mason University’s Schar School’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (<a href="https://traccc.gmu.edu/" target="_blank">TraCCC</a>) and the <a href="https://nationalsecurity.gmu.edu/" target="_blank">National Security Institute</a> at the <a href="https://www.law.gmu.edu/" target="_blank">Anton Scalia Law School</a> addressing Red Notice abuse by authoritarian governments.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This is an example of events at the Schar School affecting human lives and policy,” said Louise Shelley, Schar School professor and founding director of TraCCC who added testimony to the case. “We are proud that we can help support human rights in this way.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>This unpublished decision can be cited in future cases regarding the misuse of INTERPOL Red Notices. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://traccc.schar.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Final-Red-Notices-Conference-Report-Bright-Red-1.pdf" target="_blank">Read the final report</a><span> from the 2018 conference, <em>Spotlight on a Critical Threat: The Abuse and Exploitation of Red Notices, INTERPOL, and the U.S. Judicial Process by Russia and Other Authoritarian States.</em></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>ABOUT THE SCHAR SCHOOL</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Schar School of Policy and Government is one of the 10 schools and colleges of George Mason University, with approximately 2,000 students, 90 full-time faculty members, and 23 degree and certificate programs offered on Mason’s campuses in Fairfax and Arlington, Va. Among the degree programs are government and international affairs, public policy, public administration, political science, international security, and international commerce and policy. The Schar School prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government—in the United States and throughout the world.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>For more, contact Communications Manager Buzz McClain at <a href="mailto:bmcclai2@gmu.edu">bmcclai2@gmu.edu</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><em>A dynamic education for an evolving world.</em></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/18846" hreflang="en">Schar School of Policy and Government</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21086" hreflang="en">Schar School of Policy and Government Terrorism Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14696" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29061" hreflang="en">Russia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29066" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29071" hreflang="en">Anton Scalia Law School</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/28871" hreflang="en">Schar School News April 2021</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/29076" hreflang="en">National Security Institute</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Apr 2021 19:42:04 +0000 Andrew J Schappert 598636 at https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu