National Security Law Society

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The Case for the 2001 AUMF’s Continued Existence

Jonathan Panton (headshot)By Jonathan Panton, 2023-2024 NSLS Vice President


The 2001 Authorized Use of Military Force (“2001 AUMF”) is a critical tool used by the President to cripple terrorist groups across different countries. The President’s use of force is collectively referred to as the War on Terror. The 2001 AUMF has been used to conduct military operations against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces. Many critics argue that the 2001 AUMF should be repealed because it was enacted over twenty years ago, grants overly expansive war powers to the President, and that associated forces include groups that did not exist during the September 11th attacks. The present work contends that the 2001 AUMF should continue to exist and act as legal justification for conducting the War on Terror because the President is acting with Congressional support and broad war powers are necessary for the President to conduct a non-international armed conflict across different countries. However, Congress should also obtain a new AUMF to legally justify using force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIL”) since ISIL does not fall within the scope of the 2001 AUMF.

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Professor Barry Jonas Prosecutor in Chinese Espionage Case

In September 2022, Ji Chaoqun, 31, was prosecuted as an agent of a foreign government, specifically the People’s Republic of China. Professor Barry Jonas, serving as Assistant U.S. Attorney, represented the U.S. Government in this case.

DOJ Press Release:

Chinese National Convicted of Acting Within the United States as an Unregistered Agent of the People’s Republic of China

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2006 News

24 October 2006: NSLS members ratified constitution and elected member to the Executive Committee.

11 October 2006: NSLS at Chicago-Kent held its first general meeting.

25 September 06: National Security and Law Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law founded.

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