April 11, Iran Nuclear Accord: Diplomatic Success or Dangerous Course?

The Law School's Human Security Law Center and the Reves Center for International Studies will present a symposium examining the Iran Nuclear Accord on Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 119 at the Law School.  Admission is free and the public is welcome.  Participating panelists include Newell Highsmith, Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Professor Orde Kittrie, Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; and Professor Lawrence Wilkerson, Distinguished Visiting Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary. Professor Jeff Kaplow, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at William & Mary, will serve as moderator.


Newell Highsmith. Mr. Highsmith has served as Deputy Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State since 2013.   He previously served as Assistant Legal Adviser for Arms Control and Nonproliferation (2003-2013) and Assistant Legal Adviser for European Affairs (2002-2003). He has been involved in numerous major negotiations including with Iran, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (2013-2015);  with Syria, Chemical Weapons Removal (2013), and with Russia, New START strategic arms control agreement (2009-2010). He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.

Jeff Kaplow. Professor Kaplow joined the William & Mary faculty in Fall 2015. Before coming to William & Mary, he was a Fellow with the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, an M.P.P. in international security policy from Harvard's Kennedy School, and a B.A. in political science from Yale.

Orde Kittrie. Prior to entering academia, Professor Kittrie served for eleven years at the U.S. Department of State. As the Department's lead nuclear affairs attorney, Kittrie helped negotiate five U.S.-Russia nuclear agreements and a U.N. treaty to combat nuclear terrorism. In other assignments at the State Department, he served as the Department's lead attorney for strategic trade controls and as special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.  Kittrie is the author of the book Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Lawrence Wilkerson. Before joining the William & Mary faculty, Professor Wilkerson was Chief of Staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department's Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002).  He served 31 years in the U.S. Army as both an enlisted man and an officer from 1966 to 1997. His final assignments were as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell (1989-1993) and as Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College (1993-1997).

About the Reves Center

Established in 1989 with a gift from Wendy Reves in memory of her husband Emery, author of The Anatomy of Peace, the Reves Center supports and promotes the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community involvement at William & Mary. Today, more than two decades since its founding, the Center continues to enhance international education at the university through programs for education abroad, international students and scholars, and global engagement across the university.

About William & Mary Law School

Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 to train leaders for the new nation. Now in its third century, America's oldest law school continues its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.