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

  • 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.

  • April 27:  Professor Dunlap will participate on the “Crossing the Line: The Law of War and Cyber Engagement," panel as part of the Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law in Washington, DC.

  • April 8:  Professor Dunlap will participate on a panel entitled "Cyber-Attacks: Understanding the International Threat” at the Incident Response Forum 2017 to be held at the Mayflower Hotel, in Wash. D.C.

  • June 9: Professor Dunlap will teach classes on "Lawfare" and on "Civil-Military Relations" at the 25th National Security Law Institute at the University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA.

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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
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