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

  • January 18:  Professor Dunlap will address the Treyburn Forum on current topics in national security.

  • February 15-16: Professor Dunlap will participate in a workshop sponsored by Brigham Young University Law School and Human Rights Voices concerning present and future challenges for the implementation of the Law of Armed Conflict within the broad framework of “War in Cities.”  The workshop will take place in Provo, Utah. 

  • February 23-24 2018:  LENS will host its annual national and international security law conference.

  • April 24-25:  Professor Dunlap will serve on a panel about civil-military relations at the 29th annual U.S. Army War College/Strategic Studies Institute Strategy Conference in Carlisle, PA.

  • May 8-9:  Professor Dunlap will participate in an airpower conference at the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Complexity and Security:
The Role of the Law?

The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security will host the 2018 LENS Conference on
February 23-24, 2018 at Duke Law School

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Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Duke University School of Law
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Box 90358
Durham, North Carolina, 27708-0358

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

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