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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


December 3rd, 2015

December 4th, 2015

CERL in the News


  • The Penn Bioethics Society presents Bioethics, National Security, and War
    Monday, November 2 at 5pm in SHDH 351

    How will advances in science, medicine, and technology change the nature of warfare? How should national security interests be evaluated against ethical concerns? Come join PBS to hear from Penn faculty and experts Drs. Jonathan Moreno, Claire Finkelstein, and Nick Evans to find out! Dinner will be provided! For more information and to RSVP, please join the Facebook event.


  • 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.