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

  • October 25: Duke’s American Grand Strategy Program will be hosting veteran political strategists Karl Rove and Jim Messina for a discussion on the presidential election on Tuesday, October 25th at 5:00pm in Page Auditorium.  Tickets are required for this event, and information can  be found here.

  • October 26: Ms. Paula 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 1:  Duke’s Center for International & Global Studies will host ADM James Stavridis, the former commander of NATO, for a lecture at 6:00 pm at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium entitled "The Future of NATO as a Force for Global Stability: post-Turkish Coup & post-Brexit.”  More information can  be found here.

  • November 4:  Professor Dunlap will participate in the North Carolina Journal of International Law symposium, entitled “"Cyberwarfare and International Law” at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC

  • November 14-15: The ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security will hold its 26th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference

  • January 14:  Professor Dunlap addresses the Carolina Meadows “University” on current issues of national security law

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

February 24-25, 2017


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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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