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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law


CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in twenty-first century warfare and national security. The only Center of its kind housed within a law school, CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in times of war and contemporary transnational conflicts. It represents the vision of its founder and director, Professor Claire Finkelstein, in uniting scholars and policymakers from various fields in a multi-disciplinary conversation on some of the most challenging issues of our time. More


September 17th, 2015

December 4th, 2015

CERL in the News


  • CERL’s New Volume
    A new volume, entitled “Cyber War” edited by CERL’s Director Prof. Finkelstein, and members of CERL’s Executive Board, Prof. Jens Ohlin and Kevin Govern has been published by Oxford University Press. This volume explores the controversial legal and ethical problems raised by cyber war, critically assessing the received wisdom about its legal implications. Cyber War is CERL’s second publication, joining Targeted Killing: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World

  • New Book by CERL Board Member 
    A member of CERL’s Executive Board, Prof. Jens Ohlin published a new book entitled “The Assault on International Law”. The book challenges the prevailing American hostility towards international law, and offers a novel theory of rationality to explain why nations should comply with international law.