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

  • May 23: Prof Dunlap will participate on a panel entitled "The U.S. Role in Syria: Legal and Policy Questions in a Challenging Conflict" at a symposium cohosted by the National Security Institute at George Mason University's Scalia Law School and the Federalist Society at Jones Day offices, Wash. D.C.

  • Jun 7: Prof Dunlap will teach a class entitled "Beating Law Books into Swords: A Perspective on the Law, Laywers, and Lawfare in Modern Conflicts" and one entitled "Civil-Military Relations: A U.S. Perspective" as part of the Center for National Security Law's 27th National Security Law Institute at the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA.

  • Jun 11: Prof Dunlap will give the keynote speech for the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Atlanta, GA.

  • Jun 23: Prof Dunlap will speak on autonomous weapons at the USINDOPACOM Military Operations and Law Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Duke University School of Law
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Durham, North Carolina, 27708-0358

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

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