nationalsecuritylaw Call for participants: 23nd NSLI Program at the University of Virginia

March 9, 2015

Dear friends,

Below you will find the annual call for participants for the University of Virginia’s outstanding National Security Law Institute. I strongly recommend it (apart from being one of the teachers in the program these days, I participated in it from the other side some years ago and very much benefitted from it). Here are the details:


The Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law is accepting applications for the twenty-third annual National Security Law Institute (NSLI), which will be held at UVA Law School in Charlottesville between Sunday, May 31 and Friday, June 12 of this year.

The academic field of National Security Law began forty-five years ago at the University of Virginia School of Law, when Professor John Norton Moore taught the first class on "Law and National Security." In 1981, Moore co-founded the world’s first think tank in the field, the Center for National Security Law. After the first edition of the Center’s casebook, National Security Law, was published, the NSLI was established to help train professors from other law schools to teach in the new field.

From the very first year, the large majority of NSLI participants have been government lawyers working in the national security field. Government attorneys from every U.S. federal department and agency with major national security responsibilities have attended the Institute, and several have gone on to hold very high positions and/or become professional educators. The Institute is also open to professors and government attorneys from other countries, and since 1991 the NSLI had trained scores of professors and hundreds of government attorneys from the United States and other countries on six continents. Professors in related fields like International Relations and Politics are also eligible for the program.

More information about the Institute can be found here, and the current Program for this summer’s NSLI is here. (It will be updated to reflect any changes.) Among the many distinguished speakers who have agreed to address this summer’s Institute are (alphabetically):

The Honorable Morris S. Arnold, former Chief Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
The Honorable James E. Baker, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council
Prof. M. E. "Spike" Bowman, former Senior Counsel for National Security Law, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Prof. Robert Chesney, Distinguished Scholar, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Univ. of Texas
Prof. Laura Donohue, Director, Center for National Security and Law, Georgetown Law Center
Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Director, Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke Law School
Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mr. John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
The Honorable R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence

The deadline for applications is April 17. For further information, contact Ms. Mer McLernon at mh2v, or by phone at (434) 924-7441.

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