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Law professor testifies before Congress

April 28, 2011

Professor Orde F. Kittrie of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade hearing on Wednesday, April 6. The hearing entitled, “Financial Hardball: Corralling Terrorists and Proliferators,” focused on the use of financial tools to combat terrorist groups, state sponsors of terrorism and nuclear proliferators.

In his testimony, Kittrie provided an overview of U.S. sanctions on Iran and their impact thus far. He also made a series of recommendations for next steps with regard to U.S. sanctions on Iran, with an emphasis on financial sanctions.

The other witnesses at the hearing were Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes and currently a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and David Asher, former North Korea sanctions coordinator for the National Security Council and currently a fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Kittrie is a leading expert on nuclear nonproliferation and especially nuclear nonproliferation legal issues and sanctions. Kittrie currently serves as chair of the Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has testified on nonproliferation issues before both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and recently served as one of 12 members of a special Congressionally-created committee to make recommendations on how to better prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Prior to joining the law faculty, Kittrie served for 11 years in the U.S. State Department, including as the lead attorney for nuclear affairs.

Staci McCabe,
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law