"Live from L": The Iran Nuclear Deal

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In 2015, Iran, the United States and other world powers reached an agreement that sought to limit Iran's development of nuclear weapons while lifting certain sanctions against Iran.  On February 18, 2016, lawyers from the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser came to campus to discuss the Iran nuclear deal as part of "Live from L," an annual program hosted by the law school, State Department, ABA Section of International Law, and American Society of International Law.

The State Department representatives, including Mary McLeod, Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the time of the event, and a number of lawyers deeply involved with the Iran Deal shared their expertise and experience with the audience over the course of an hour and a half. The group first explained the history of the deal, highlighted its key components, and then shed light on aspects of the negotiations. The full event video is available above.

"Live from L" is the most recent connection in a long relationship between GW Law and the U.S. Department of State. Former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, LLB '12, is among the alumni who have worked at the State Department. His grandfather John W. Foster, also U.S. Secretary of State, taught at GW Law.   Professors Laura Dickinson, Michael Matheson, Sean Murphy, and Edward Swaine previously worked at the State Department as have a number of Adjunct Professors, including Burrus Carnahan and John Crook.  Adjunct Professors Todd Buchwald and David DeBartolo work in the Legal Adviser's Office.  GW Law visiting scholar, Ron Bettauer, who previously worked in the Legal Adviser's Office, has been instrumental in organizing "Live from L."


Mary McLeod
Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Newell L. Highsmith
Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State 

Paul B. Dean 
Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, U.S. Department of State

David M. DeBartolo
Attorney Adviser, Office of United Nations Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Kimberly A. Gahan
Attorney Adviser, Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, U.S. Department of State 

Shubha Sastry
Attorney Adviser, Office of Human Rights and Refugees, U.S. Department of State 


Susan L. Karamanian
Associate Dean, Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy, George Washington University Law School