National Security & Armed Conflict Symposium to Address Domestic Terrorism


Miami Law is holding the 2015-2016 National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Symposium on Friday, Nov. 20, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. The symposium is titled "The Rise of Leaderless Resistance: The Changing Nature of Domestic Terrorism in the United States" and will take place at the Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables campus.

From 2009 to 2015, it is estimated that a domestic terrorist attack or foiled attack happened once every 34 days. The overwhelming majority of these attacks came from “lone wolves” or “leaderless resistance groups” composed of less than three people, as opposed to the large, organized Islamic jihadist groups often thought of in conjunction with the term “domestic terrorism.”
“This year’s symposium focuses on political extremism and hate crimes such as the tragedy in Charleston this summer,” said Kristin Westerhorstmann, chief symposium editor for NSAC. “Our panelists are all experts in the field of domestic – from the halls of West Point to the federal courtrooms of the Southern District of New York.”

NSAC’s 2015 symposium will discuss the reasons behind, and the legal, social, and public safety consequences of this popular myth.

The symposium will include three panels: “Trial Mechanics: Prosecuting and Defending an Accused Terrorist;” “Policing Extremism: Law Enforcement Tactics, Surveillance, and Military Interference;” and “Roundtable Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here?”

The keynote address will be given by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok, one of the country’s leading experts on the world of extremism. Potok serves as the editor-in-chief of the SPLC’s award-winning, quarterly journal, the Intelligence Report.

Other participants will be Sabrina Shroff, Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of New York and the nationally known criminal defense attorney who has represented several high-profile defendants accused of terrorist activity, including Abu Hamza al-Marsi, who was accused of attempting to create a “terrorist training camp” in Oregon in 2012; and Dr. Arie Perliger, Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Professor at Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Perliger studies extensively issues related to terrorism and political violence and is the co-editor of the journal Democracy and Security, member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and a regular reviewer for various publishers and journals including Political Psychology, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Columbia University Press, Chicago University Press, Routledge Press, and Polity Press.

To register without CLE credit, click here. For registration for CLE credits, click here. CLE credits are approved for 4.5 General, and 4.5 certification credits for State and Federal Government Administrative Practice. The event is free and open to the public.