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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

  • l to r: Trudy Rubin, Mitch Orenstein, Clint Watts, Shawn Turner, Raymond Baker

    “We’ve been timid in applying economic sanctions to Russia,
    paralleling Clint Watt’s argument that we’ve been timid in our cyber response.”

    Raymond Baker, President of Global Financial Integrity, Foreign Interference in the Democratic Process: Countdown to the Midterms, keynote panel presentationon November 2, 2018

  • “Once you allow a little window for torture, you poison the whole institutional set-up.” 

    Juan E. Méndez, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman
    and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, CERL keynote presentation, September 20, 2018

  • “In both cases [9/11 and election interference], we were hit from an unexpected direction at an unrecognized vulnerability. With 9/11, we reorganized to prevent a repeat. With election interference, we have not.”

    General Michael V. Hayden (U.S. Air Force Ret) and former CIA and NSA Director, CERL Book Talk, September 13, 2018

  • The Weaponization of Outer Space: Ethical and Legal Boundaries, April 5-7, 2018 
    closed session entitled “Space Security, Space Law and Non-Binding Norms from Peace to Conflict”

CERL’s Mission

The 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. 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. more

  • Future CERL Programs  

    1/16/2020 - Screening of “The Report” and post-film panel discussion

    2/11/2020 - Public Symposium - Twenty Years of Women, Peace, and Security Initiatives: Are We Doing Better? 

    2/11/2020 - The Paul G. Haaga, Jr. Lecture in Law, Government, and Public Policy with guest Michèle Flournoy

    2/27/2020 - Book Talk - Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence with James R. Clapper

    4/2/2020 - Book Talk - War by Agreement with Daniel Statman and Yitzhak Benbaji

    4/23-24/2020 - Conference - Left of Launch: Communication and Threat Escalation in a Nuclear Age

    more information to come… join the CERL mailing list


For inquiries, contact:
Eileen Kenney
Director of Engagement

Executive Board Site

News and Announcements

  • “The region, if possible, has just become more complicated”

    Joseph Votel, former head of U.S. Central Command and current CERL board member, comments on the Soleimani strike in this Defense One article

  • Read two new posts on CERL’s blog: The Rule of Law Post
  • White House, GOP at odds over Senate impeachment trial
    In this Washington Times article, Claire Finkelstein comments on the impeachment process 
  • CERL board member Gen. Joseph Votel calls for ending the endless war in Afghanistan
    Read Gen. Votel’s op-ed in The New York Times


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