Resources & Current Hot Issues

National Security Law & Policy, 3rd ed (2015) now available!

2015 annual ABA Review of Field of National Security Law: click here for program & CLE materials

Deeks proposes int'l framework for surveillance

ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Crashing drones exposing US war operations

Deeks on airstrikes in Somalia

Director Moore wins 2013 Liebman Award in National Security Law

Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapons Systems

Statory Framework for Next-Generation Terrorist Threats by Chesney

Geography of Cyber Conflict by Deeks

Taxonomy of Cyber War IHL Questions by Rosenzweig

Developing the Law of War in Domestic Courts by Deeks

Impact of Boehner Lawsuit on Separation of Powers in National Security by Gibson

Teaching National Security Law Conference held at UVA more info

Int'l Organized Crime and National Security panel, ABA 11/1/13 (C-Span2 video)

Seminar "Int'l Cooperation in Combating Terrorism" 9/27/13 (video)

Interview: US Drones Navigate Murky Legal Path in Pakistan

The Observer Effect by Deeks

Law at the End of War by Pearlstein

Wound, Capture or Kill? by Schmitt

Contentions About the Geography of Armed Conflict by Blank

Permitting Retaliatory Hacking by Non-State Actors by Messerschmidt

ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

Lawfare:Hard National Security Choices (blog)

Security Law Brief (Georgetown blog)

Unredacted: National Security Archive (blog)

Intelligence Community (IC) on the Record

Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self Defense by Erakat

Targeted Killing & Accountability by McNeal

Gender, National Security & Counter-Terrorism: Human Rights Perspectives

Harvard National Security Journal

Cybercrime (blog)

National Security Rationale for Joining Law of the Sea Convention by Houck

Legal Issues in the Struggle Against Terror, Moore & Turner eds. Info & ordering; Review

International Human Rights Under the Obama Administration by Stephan

2011 National Security Policy Process by Whittaker et al.

ICRC Customary Intl Humanitarian Law database

Short History of the Business of Intelligence - Hitz lecture

Careers in National Security Law (ABA, 2008)


A Nonpartisan, Nonprofit Interdisciplinary Center for
Advanced Scholarship and Education About Legal Issues
Affecting U.S. National Security

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A Message from the Director, Professor John Norton Moore

Welcome to the Web site for the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Established at the University of Virginia School of Law in April 1981, the Center has an active publications program and sponsors scholarly conferences and national security law courses. The Center also sponsors an annual National Security Law Institute during the summer which is designed to provide advanced training for government officials and professors of law and international relations in this growing field.

Through its varied programs, the Center endeavors to further professional and public understanding of such important issues as:

  • The separation of constitutional powers between the President, the Congress, and the courts in the national security field, including: war powers, the making and interpretation of treaties and other international agreements, and the oversight of intelligence activities;
  • International and domestic legal constraints on the use of force in international relations, including case studies of specific conflicts such as those in Indochina, Central America, Afghanistan, the Gulf, Iraq, and the "war on terror";
  • National and international legal issues raised by the struggle against international terrorism, including the use of civil litigation in the "war on terror";
  • Promotion of democracy and the rule of law, including analysis of democracies/non-democracies and a propensity of nations to initiate aggressive wars;
  • Legal aspects of National Security issues involving arms control, the International Court of Justice and other means of international dispute resolution, and legal constraints on the foreign transfer of technology and information with national security implications; and

  • Incentive Theory as a new paradigm in foreign and national security policy, developed by Professor Moore.

As part of the University community, the Center cooperates with and endeavors to strengthen other organizations and institutions. For example, it has provided support to the John Bassett Moore Society of International Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the Student Legal Forum, the Arthur J. Morris Law Library at the School of Law, and funding for relevant faculty research in other departments as well.

We invite you to explore the Center Web site and to contact us with any questions or comments regarding our activities. Thank you for your interest in the Center for National Security Law.

Professor John Norton Moore

Director, Center for National Security Law
Walter L. Brown Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law


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