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

  • August 1: Professor Dunlap will deliver a lecture on military ethics to the UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program

  • August 10: Professor Dunlap will participate in the Fugh Symposium as the moderator of the panel entitled "Hybrid Conflict: A Game Changer?," as well as a member of the "Hearts, Minds, and Modems" panel.  The symposium will take place at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General School on the campus of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA..

  • September 7-9: 2016 United States Strategic Command Advanced Operations Law Conference

  • September 28: Professor Dunlap will participate on panel entitled “Brave New World: Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security in the Twenty-First Century” at the 2016 Inter-Court conference at Asheville, NC, which will be hosted by the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the National Center for State Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center.

  • October 26: Ms. Paul Kocher of the General Counsel’s Office for the Centers for Disease Control will be giving a guest lecture to the National Security Law class from 6 pm to 7:50 pm in Room 4000 at the Law School. Seats are available for other interested students and faculty.  Please send an email to Professor Dunlap at if you would like to attend.

  • November 4: Professor Dunlap addresses the Jewish Community Center’s Men’s Group on current issues of national security law.

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Annual LENS Conference
Hybrid Threats = Hybrid Law?

February 26-27, 2016
Hybrid Threats = Hybrid Law?



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