WikiLeaks - Part III: What are the Legal Implications of WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks - Part III: What are the Legal Implications of WikiLeaks?

Join us for the last installment of our WikiLeaks mini-series, a discussion about the legal implications of WikiLeaks with Norman Abrams, Acting Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Law Emeritus; David Kaye, Executive Director of the Law School's International Human Rights Program; and with law professors Jon Michaels and Eugene Volokh.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
1357 Law School
Los Angeles, CA 90095


This is the last installment in our 3-part series on WikiLeaks. A panel of renowned experts, moderated by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala, will focus on the legal aspects and implications of the cables’ release. The discussants will consider First Amendment issues, debate the applicability of the espionage act, weigh the possibility of extradition, detention, and prosecution of the principals as well as reflect on international norms and reactions to US legal efforts.


NORMAN ABRAMS served as Acting Chancellor of UCLA in 2006-2007. Retiring from the Law School faculty in 2007 with the titles of Acting Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Law Emeritus, he has been recalled and continues to teach and write in the areas of federal criminal law, anti-terrorism law and evidence. Abrams joined the faculty and has been a member of the UCLA family since 1959. The fifth edition of Abrams' groundbreaking casebook on federal criminal law, Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (with Beale and Klein), was published in 2010. Another of his books, Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement, (3rd ed., 2008), is the first casebook to deal comprehensively with the rapidly evolving field of anti-terrorism law and the criminal enforcement process.

DAVID KAYE is the Executive Director of the Law School’s International Human Rights Program and Director of its International Justice Clinic. Kaye has taught and written extensively on international humanitarian law and the use of force. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the California South Committee of Human Rights Watch and the Board of Directors of the Democracy Council of California. Before joining UCLA, David served as an international lawyer with the U.S. State Department. He was a legal adviser to the American Embassy in The Hague, where he worked with the international criminal tribunals and acted as counsel to the United States in several cases before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

JON MICHAELS is Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He currently teaches Administrative Law, National Security Law, and a seminar on Redesigning the Administrative State. Immediately prior to his appointment at UCLA, Michaels worked as an associate in Arnold & Porter’s National Security Law and Public Policy Group in Washington, D.C.
Michaels’ principal scholarly interests lie at the intersection of national security law and administrative law. His current research is on novel forms of government design, particularly private-public partnerships, inter-governmental regulatory and policymaking entities, and government initiatives to contract out key public functions to private actors. Michaels is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

EUGENE VOLOKH is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School. Professor Volokh is a nationally recognized expert on the First Amendment, cyberspace law, harassment law, and gun control. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, and of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, as well as an academic affiliate with the Mayer Brown LLP law firm. Professor Volokh has written over 60 law review articles and over 80 op-eds on constitutional law, cyberspace law, and other topics.

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Cost : free of charge

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations