Center on Law, Ethics and National Security

Center on Law, Ethics and National Security

Founded in 1993, the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security promotes education and discussion of the complex and diverse issues involved in national security, such as the legal and policy implications of counterterrorism operations at home and abroad, the role of the respective branches of government in security matters, the international law of armed conflict, the impact of security issues on international business endeavors, and the ethical issues of the practice of national security law.


Upcoming Events

  • February 15-16: Professor Dunlap will participate in a workshop sponsored by Brigham Young University Law School and Human Rights Voices concerning present and future challenges for the implementation of the Law of Armed Conflict within the broad framework of “War in Cities.”  The workshop will take place in Provo, Utah. 

  • February 22: LENS will sponsor a panel entitled “Complexity and Accountability: The Future of the International Criminal Court” at 12:30pm in Room 3037. The panel will be introduced by Professor Dunlap, moderated by Prof. Jayne Huckerby, Duke Law, and discussed by Prof . Mike Newton, Vanderbilt Law, and Prof. Alex Whiting, Harvard Law. This panel is open to the public, with no registration required. Pizza will be served.

  • February 23-24 2018:  LENS will host its annual national and international security law conference.

  • March 7: Professor Dunlap will speak at the University of Wisconsin at an event sponsored by the Hamilton Society.

  • March 22: Professor Dunlap will participate in a conference on contemporary jus ad bellum issues sponsored by Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA.

  • March 26-27:  Professor Dunlap will participate in a conference entitled “Blurred Lines: Civil-Military Relations and Modern War” at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

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Complexity and Security:
The Role of the Law?
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The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security will host the 2018 LENS Conference on
February 23-24, 2018 at Duke Law School

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