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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


October 27th, 2016

April 6th, 2017

CERL in the News


  • CERL to Screen Documentary Film about Mental Health Struggles among Veterans on Wednesday, April 20

    Thank You for Your Service makes a powerful statement about our insufficient understanding of combat trauma, moral injury, and how the impact of trauma should figure in the costs of war. Director Tom Donahue (Casting By) interweaves the stories of four struggling Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders. Observing the systemic neglect of trauma victims, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a roadmap of hope.

  • 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.