Upcoming Events

Lawyers on the Ground: Legal Considerations in the Fight Against the Islamic State

February 26, 2020

12:10p - 1:30, SLB 128

Please join the Center for Global Legal Challenges for a discussion with Margaret Donovan on her experiences in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. During Ms. Donovan’s two combat deployments in Iraq and Syria she focused on a wide variety of issues including working and living with the Y.P.G., the Kurdish forces who fought against the Islamic State, and offering legal advice on targeting and airstrikes. The conversation will be a wide-ranging discussion of both the JAG Corps in both combat and non-combat settings.

Margaret M. Donovan is an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Margaret served six years in the United States Army as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. As an Army officer, Margaret served on two combat deployments as a legal advisor in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. In that role, she provided legal advice on over 1,000 airstrikes and other lethal engagements in Iraq and Syria. She also served as a legal advisor for military investigations into civilian casualties and alleged law of war violations. She served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and with a Special Forces unit in Syria. Outside of her combat deployments, Margaret deployed to Monrovia, Liberia, as a legal advisor to the military unit that led the United States’ response to the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak. Prior to that, she completed a 14-month overseas assignment in South Korea as an attorney-advisor to Soldiers and Commanders on the Korean peninsula.

Her military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Joint Service Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Service Ribbon, and the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York.

Tai-Heng Cheng

March 24, 2020

12:10p - 1:30, SLB 128

Please join the Center for Global Legal Challenges for a discussion with leading international arbitrator Tai-Heng Cheng on public policy and international arbitration, including the conflicts that arise between liberal democracy, sovereignty, investment. These conflicts can be seen through cases such as arbitration where Mr. Cheng represented a TV station in the wake of censorship by the Albanian government.

Tai-Heng Cheng is global co-head of the international arbitration practice at Sidley Austin. He has handled matters in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America for clients in a wide array of industries. He also has extensive experience serving as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in more than a dozen arbitrations before major international arbitral institutions across multiple continents, and is a member of the arbitration panels of arbitration institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. He is ranked as one of the top 10 arbitration practitioners in North and South America under 45 by Who’s Who Legal and as a Band 1 international arbitrator by Chambers USA. Mr. Cheng is vice president of the American Society of International Law and previously served as a Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he served as co-director of the Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy. He has a J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from Yale Law School and first class honors in law from Oxford University.





Mara Revkin 

April 9, 2020

12:10p - 1:30

Please join the Center for Global Legal Challenges and the National Security Group for a discussion with Mara Revkin on security sector reform and transitional justice in Iraq. The conversation will focus on her research with the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Iraq Mission studying the effects of a community policing program that IOM implemented with the cooperation of Iraq’s Interior Ministry. Using a multi-method study involving both field experiments and door-to-door household surveys in Iraq, Dr. Revkin studied whether the community policing methods in fact help to protect human rights and promote democratization and peacebuilding.

Mara Revkin is the National Security Law Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic from Swarthmore College. Her dissertation focused on the Islamic State system of governance in Iraq and Syria and its post-conflict consequences including the Islamic State’s taxation system and civilian experiences under the Islamic State. Prior to graduate school, she was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for Middle East Peace and a Fulbright Fellow in Oman. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics, the Harvard National Security Journal, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Affairs, and the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law.