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“Jus Ad Bellum”: Use of Force Principles for the 21st Century
On Thursday, March 22, in the Caplin Pavilion, the Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law, will conduct a one-day conference (7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) focused on contemporary jus ad bellum (use of force) issues. The conference agenda will include such topics as the extra-territorial legal responses available to counter international terrorism,  Panels dealing, respectively, with the approach taken by the International Court of Justice in rendering opinions dealing with the use of force and the Obama Administration’s 2016 “ Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations”, and an examination, from a U.S. domestic law perspective, of the need for a new congressional Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF).  For more information concerning the conference, please visit the Center’s website at To pre-register for the conference, please email Bill Lacy at  Lunch will be served, and parking will be provided. 

A Message from the Director, Professor John Norton Moore

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

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.