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:
A Region in Turmoil: Conflicts in the Middle East--Law and Policy (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen)
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
Panel: Women in National Security Law and U.S. Cybersecurity
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.