PUBLISHED:April 03, 2012

LENS Conference to focus on law and national security "After Afghanistan"

Countering homegrown violent extremism is one of many national security-related topics that will be covered at an April 13-14 conference at Duke Law School.

The 2012 Law, Ethics, and National Security Conference also will examine recent lessons learned in international human rights law as well how national law issues and international business enterprises often intersect.

In addition, panelists will discuss the state of -- and future of -- national security law-related issues in an era with fewer active battlefields, but with persistent threats of technology-empowered terrorists along with the challenges posed by emerging superpowers.

“At the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, we dig deeper than the headlines to analyze what's happening in the global arena and here in our own country, and that’s why the theme this year looks beyond the active battlefields Iraq and Afghanistan to explore the implications for the long-term of more than 10 years of war,” said LENS Executive Director Charles Dunlap, a retired major general and former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force.

The conference, “After Afghanistan: Where To From Here?", will feature several prominent speakers, including Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret.), former director of the CIA, Will Gunn, general counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Mac Owens, professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College.

In addition to experts from around the country, faculty members from Duke Law School as well as other Duke institutions will share their expertise during the conference.

Professor Madeline Morris, an expert in counterterrorism law and policy, and the law of war, and director of Duke’s Guantanamo Defense Clinic, and constitutional scholar Professor Joseph Blocher will take part in a discussion on “International Human Rights Law: Lessons Learned and Challenges for the Future.” Dean David Levi, a former chief U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of California, and constitutional and courts expert Professor Neil Siegel will participate in a panel analyzing “National Security Judicial Deference: Lessons Learned and Challenges for the Future.”

Other Duke Law faculty speaking during the conference include:

• Visiting Assistant Professor Margaret Hu;

• Lecturing Fellow Julie Maupin;

• Professor Scott Silliman, co-founder and director emeritus of LENS.

“We've got a world-class group of panelists who will discuss humanitarian, legal, economic and military matters relating to national security,” Dunlap noted. “I’m especially excited about our panel on the impact of national security matters on business law issues. And, for the first time, we’ll have a presentation on the ethical issues of national security law.”

The conference is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. There is no registration fee to attend the conference, but there is a fee for those choosing to attend the conference meal programs. Seating is limited.

The conference takes place at Duke Law School on West Campus. Parking is available at the Science Drive lot and at the garage near the Bryan Center.

View the full agenda.

The conference is sponsored by the The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, with support from the Program in Public Law.