Sessions Information

  • January 6, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:15 pm
    Session Type: AALS Discussion Groups
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: N/A
    Room: Point Loma
    Floor: South Tower/Ground Level


    Discussion Groups provide an in-depth discussion of a topic by a small group of invited discussants selected in advance by the Annual Meeting Program Committee. In addition to the invited discussants, additional discussants were selected through a Call for Participation. There will be limited seating for audience members to observe the discussion groups on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are currently dominating the news. Yet, foreign interference in other nations’ electoral politics is not limited to recent years, and Russia is not the only country that attempts to influence elections. In fact, the United States itself has engaged in covert and overt attempts to influence other elections. This discussion group will explore the legal and policy issues raised by such interference. Among the questions we hope to address are: (1) Is there any accepted customary international law regarding what are unacceptable efforts to influence elections outside of one’s borders? What players are subject to such laws and what remedies can nations pursue if they are victims of interference that violates international law? (2) How do laws in different nations attempt to limit the influence of foreign nations and parties? (3) Do the principles underlying freedom of speech (the marketplace of ideas) extend to efforts by those outside of the nation to influence elections (even if specific domestic protections do not apply)? Do efforts by those outside the nation to influence elections, if successful, undermine the democratic legitimacy of the outcome?


     

Session Speakers
Organization: The University of Texas School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Texas A&M University School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Discussion Group Moderator

Organization: University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Fordham University School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Rutgers Law School
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Discussion Group Participant

Organization: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Discussion Group Moderator

Session Fees

Fees information is not available at this time.