National Security Law Institute

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24th National Security Law Institute June 5-June 17, 2016

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Accommodations: Hyatt Place Charlottesville at Shops at Stonefield
National Security Law 3rd ed. casebook & 2e document supplement

The 24th National Security Law Institute will take place June 5 through June 17, 2016. The National Security Law Institute provides advanced training for government officials and professors of law and political science who teach or are preparing to teach graduate-level courses in national security law or related subjects requiring a detailed understanding of National Security Law. Applications are also invited from government attorneys in the national security community who are actively engaged in the practice of national security law or otherwise have a professional need for such training.

This annual intensive two-week course is held at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Prominent scholars and current and former government experts will take part in lectures, panels, and debates to address both theoretical background and important contemporary issues of national security law.

Topics addressed include:

  • Contemporary Theory Concerning the Origins of War and the "Democratic Peace"
  • Aggression & Self-Defense
  • The ISIL Threat
  • Cyber Threats
  • War and Treaty Powers under the Constitution
  • Intelligence and the Law
  • Domestic and Transnational Terrorism
  • Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Threats
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • War Crimes and Their Prosecution
  • Piracy and Other Maritime Threats

Approximately 25-30 participants are selected to attend each Institute. Participants are responsible for providing  their own transportation to and from Charlottesville and paying a tuition fee of $1,950.00, which includes lodging, lunches, course materials, and any group dinners during the Institute. The deadline for applications for the 2016 Institute is April 22, 2016. Please contact Professor Robert Turner at the Center ( if you need additional information.

The Center has a small fund from which to provide scholarship assistance to a few applicants who might otherwise not be able to attend the program. These applicants will be notified in April. Please contact Professor Turner for further information.

2016 dates: June 5-June 17.