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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


April 16th, 2015

CERL in the News

  • Radio Times Discussion with Claire Finkelstein and Michael W. Lewis
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    Drawing on an array of perspectives, a new Penn Law Center confronts the ultimate wartime question: How can we combat terrorism without suffering ethical casualties?


  • Summer 2015 Internship

    DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 28th!

    The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law is announcing the Center’s Summer 2015 Internship Program. For more information on the program and the application process, check out our Opportunities section. Application deadline is February 15, 2015.

  • CERL BIENNIAL REPORT - CERL has published its first report detailing the many activities and achievements of the Center over the past two years. The full 2012-2014 Biennial Report can be viewed here.