From its inception in April 1981, the Center has recognized a need to provide a forum for informed public debate on issues of national security law. Consistent with this goal, much of the Center's work over the years has involved hosting or co-hosting conferences and seminars in Charlottesville and elsewhere. Over the years, the Center has sponsored and co-sponsored dozens of academic conferences on a wide range of topics, including: the First Amendment and the role of the press in military operations; arms control; international trade and technology transfer; the War Powers Resolution; promoting democracy and the Rule of Law abroad; the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. The Center frequently sponsors conferences with the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security (which was chaired by Center scholars during most of the 1980s and early 1990s) as well as with the Army JAG School (located adjacent to the University of Virginia Law School), and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke Law School (established in 1994 with the assistance and encouragement of the Virginia Center).
Past conferences include:
“Jus Ad Bellum”: Use of Force Principles for the 21st Century
The Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law, conducted 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 included 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).
Cyber Operations: Is It Possible to Apply 20th Century International Law to 21st Century Cyber Capabilities?
A Region in Turmoil: Conflicts in the Middle East--Law and Policy (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen)
Professor Moore Discusses Lifting the Fog of War
This presentation by Professor John Norton Moore, the former chairman of the United States Institute of Peace was held on October 11, 2017, at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. Professor Moore discussed the state of the art in understanding war, as well as a new theory of international relations. Traditional theories of international relations have long sought to better understand the origins of war. The last few decades have made important breakthroughs, including recognition of "the democratic peace".
Panel: “The Conflict in Syria: Wherefore International Law?”
This panel discussion focused on the many international legal issues associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria.
UVA Law School Special Forum
Glenn Gerstell Discusses NSA’s Current and Future Challenges
Glenn Gerstell, general counsel for the National Security Agency, discusses current challenges in national security, life in the general counsel’s office and careers in national security law.