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 23: Professor George Lucas will speak about his new book, Ethics and Cyber Warfare: The Quest for Responsible Security in the Age of Digital Warfare at 12:30 pm in Room 3041.  The public is invited, and pizza will be served.  No registration required

  • February 24-25: The annual springs LENS Conference on Cyber, Security & Surveillance: Truth & Consequences will be held on February 24-25, 2017 at Duke Law School. Agenda and registration information can be found at and for further information, please contact Victoria Zellefrow at

  • February 24-25: Annual LENS Conference

  • March 7:  The Center will host LTG Flora Darpino, the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army at a luncheon at the Washington Duke at 12:30 pm.  Students interested in attending should contact Professor Dunlap,


  • April 8: Professor Dunlap will participate in a session on cybersecurity presented as part of Reunion Weekend at the Law School.

  • April 21-22:  Professor Dunlap will participate in a conference entitled “Critical, Historical, and Comparative Perspective on International Humanitarian Law,” to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI.

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Annual LENS Conference
Cyber, Security & Surveillance: Truth & Consequences

February 24-25, 2017
For further conference details, please visit the conference webpage.



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Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Duke University School of Law
210 Science Drive
Box 90358
Durham, North Carolina, 27708-0358

For more information, contact Victoria Zellefrow, at 919-613-8545

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