Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Senator Chris Murphy to Speak at Conference on Congress and Foreign Policy

The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges and Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs are hosting a conference on Congress and Foreign Policy on Friday, October 13, 2017. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference will explore both the law and contemporary practice of the legislative branch in shaping U.S. foreign relations, including what lessons can be drawn from the first year of the Trump administration. The first panel will address whether Congress can reassert itself in checking, authorizing, and guiding the President’s use of military force. The second panel will discuss congressional involvement in the making of and withdrawal from international agreements, with a focus on the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

The two panels will feature distinguished speakers from both major political parties who collectively have served at high levels in all three branches of government. They include Judge David Barron on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; former State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger, former Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI); former White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston; the Chief Democratic Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Margaret L. Taylor; former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David S. Cohen; and Susan Biniaz, a former Deputy Legal Adviser at the State Department who was the United States’ principal lawyer in climate change negotiations for over two decades.

The event will be live-streamed online for each panel.

Panel 1: 9:00a-10:15a - Panel One: Congress and the President’s War Powers

Panel 2: 10:30a-11:45a - Panel Two: Congress and the Making of and Withdrawal from International Agreements 

Panel 3: 1:00p-2:00p - Keynote Address: Chris Murphy

The conference is supported by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at the Yale Law School.