Upcoming Events


A Region in Turmoil: Conflicts in the Middle East--Law and Policy (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen

This major day-long conference, sponsored by the Center for National Security Law, will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Caplin Auditorium, University of Virginia Law School. Program ~ Registration form. For registration questions please email Bill Lacy at

Toward this end, the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (to include the hostilities under way with ISIS within Iraq and Syria), Libya, and Yemen will be assessed from both a policy and legal perspective. The morning of the Conference will be devoted to a presentation by Jessica McFate, with the Institute for the Study of War, concerning the political and religious issues impacting the region, followed by a brief from representatives of the U.S. Central Command, detailing U.S./Coalition military presence and activity in this area. Our luncheon speaker will be Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who will address a broad range of both political and strategic issues associated with the subject conflicts. The afternoon session will consist of two Panels. The first will focus both on the manner in which the conflicts being waged should be characterized, as well as the legal bases-both domestic and international- for U.S. and Coalition military involvement in these conflicts. The second Panel will deal with the numerous Law of Armed Conflict issues to which the conflicts in issue have given rise, to include the scope of the LOAC applicable to these conflicts and LOAC targeting principles.

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The 25th National Security Law Institute

June 4-16, 2017, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Sponsored by the Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA

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ABA 27th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

Date TBA (November, 2017), Washington, DC. ~ Program ~ Registration ~ at the ABA website.

Venue: TBA

Co-Sponsors: The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security; Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law; and the Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Join us in the Annual Review Conference’s 27th year as we address the most pertinent issues facing national security law practitioners today!

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