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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

  • “Russian New Generation Warfare and the Threat to the Free World”

    Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster (U.S. Army Ret.) and former National Security Advisor
    The Paul G. Haaga, Jr. Lecture in Law, Government, and Public Policy, November 1, 2018

  • 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 presentation on 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 institute dedicated to preserving and promoting ethics and the rule of law in national security, democratic governance, and warfare. The only center of its kind housed within a law school, CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics and unites scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to answer the hard questions that arise when the rule of law is threatened or violated. more

  • Future CERL Programs

    9/17/2019 - Book Talk: Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts by David McCraw

    9/26/2019 - Ethical Challenges in the Development of New Weaponry

    10/10/2019 Book Talk: An Innocent Bystander:   The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer  
    by Julie Salamon

    10/22/2019 - Violence Against Women in the Military
    co-sponsored by Penn School of Social Policy and Practice

    11/21-22/2019 - Autocrats’ Tech Assault and Democracy’s Response 
    co-sponsored by Perry World House

    12/5/2019 - Book Talk: The Lands in Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War by Mitchell Orenstein 

    2/6/2020 - Women in National Security

    4/23-24/2020 - Climate Change and National Security

    more information to come… join the CERL mailing list


For inquiries, contact:
Eileen Kenney
Director of Engagement

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