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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

  • Discussion following a screening of The Report with (l to r) author Mark Fallon, former Navy general counsel Alberto Mora, human rights counsel Alka Pradhan, retired U.S. Army brigadier general Dr. Stephen Xenakis, investigative journalist Katherine Eban and CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein

  • Retired General Joseph Votel, former U.S. CENTCOM commander, at his keynote presentation with CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein at “Ethical Challenges in the Development of New Weaponry,” a CERL symposium

  • Author Mitchell Orenstein, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Russian and East European Studies, at a CERL book talk discussing “The Lands In Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War”

  • CERL Book Talk with James Clapper, former national intelligence director, discussing his “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence” with CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein

  • Keynote panelists (l to r) Prof. Marwan Kraidy at Annenberg School for Communication professor; ACLU legal director David Cole; CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein, CNAS executive director Richard Fontaine; and CNAS fellow Kara Frederick at “How Technology Advances Autocracy and What Democracies Can Do About It”

  • Sean Carter, partner at Cozen O’Connor, author Julie Salamon, and CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein discuss Ms. Salamon’s book, “An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer” at a CERL Book Talk

  • The 2020 CERL Summer Internship Class
    Top row l to r: Souvik Chatterjee, Aedan Collins, Jane Wang, Peter Neal, Jeongwoung Park, Henry Scherck, Andrew Figueiredo
    Bottom row l to r: Rebecca Bierstein, Quinn Dunkak, Ashley Fuchs, Dylan O’Conner, Alana Sheppard, Natasha Spreadborough, Robert Stoffa

CERL’s Mission

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to preserving and promoting ethics and the rule of law in national security, warfare, and democratic governance. CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in domestic and transnational crises and conflicts. more

  • Future CERL Events

    9/17/20 - conference - Protecting Democracy: Foreign Interference, Voter Confidence and Defensive Strategies in the 2020 Elections and Beyond with public sessions; co-presented by CNAS and APPC

    9/24/20 - book talk - How to Save a Constitutional Democracy by Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq

    10/1-3/20 - conference - Circling the Arctic: Security and the Rule of Law in a Changing North with public keynote

    10/29/20 - book talk - American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump is the Worst Offender by Richard Painter

    11/19/20 - book talk - Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All by Suzanne Nossel

    2/18/21 - book talk - Defending Frenemies: Alliances, Politics, and Nuclear Nonproliferation in US Foreign Policy by Jeffrey W. Taliaferro 

    3/4/21 - book talk - Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State by Barton Gellman  

    4/8/21 - book talk - How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict by Nina Jankowicz 

    4/22-24/21 - conference - Left of Launch: Communications and Threat Escalation in a Nuclear Age with public keynote

    more information to come… join the CERL mailing list


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