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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 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 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 and unites scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to answer the hard questions that arise when the rule of law is threatened or violated. more


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