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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 14th, 2016

April 15th, 2016

CERL in the News


  • 2016 CERL Summer Internship Program

    The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2016 Summer Internship Program. More information here.

  • The Third Annual Ethics of War Conference

    A Project of Villanova University and the United States Military Academy, West Point Villanova University, Villanova, PA, April 8‐9, 2016

  • CERL 2015 Annual Report

    CERL has published its 2015 Annual Report detailing the Center’s activities for the past year. It can be viewed here.