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

  • September 5: Professor Dunlap will give the keynote speech to the German Army Flag Officer Exercise 2017 in Szczecin, Poland.

  • September 19:  LENS will sponsor panel about opportunities for women in national security law at the Law School

  • September 27:  Professor Dunlap will attend the board meeting for the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC.

  • October 6-7:  Professor Dunlap will participate in a panel discussion of Just War Theory at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.

  • October 30:  LENS will co-sponsor with Duke University’s American Grand Strategy program and the NC consortium Intelligence Community-Centers of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE), a lecture by Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  The presentation is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons.

  • November 16:  Professor Dunlap will serve on the Law of Armed Conflict panel at the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security 27th Annual Review of the Field of Law and National Security Conference at the Capitol Hilton, Washington, DC.

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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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