2018 LENS Conference

2018 LENS Conference posterDuke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) held its annual national security conference on February 23–24, 2018 at Duke Law School.

The 2018 LENS conference is titled Complexity and Security: The Role of the Law?

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Duke Law School, Room 3037

12:30 p.m.

Complexity and Accountability: The Future of the ICC

Sponsored by LENS, the Center for International & Comparative Law, and the International Human Rights Clinic.

Pre-Event. No registration required. 


Introduction: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director
Moderator: Prof. Jayne Huckerby, Duke Law
Discussants: Prof. Mike Newton, Vanderbilt Law, and Prof. Alex Whiting, Harvard Law

Friday, February 23, 2018

Duke Law School, Room 3041

7:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:15 a.m. Welcome: Dean David F. Levi, Duke Law School  
8:20 a.m. Conference Welcome: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director
8:30 a.m. Keynote: Complexity and Security: The Domestic and International Law Perspective
  Speaker: Mr. Brian Egan, former Legal Advisor to the U.S. State Department; currently, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson.
9:15 a.m. Break 
9:30 a.m. The Legal and Ethical Complexity of Developing “Super Soldiers”

Speaker: Prof. Nita Farahany, Duke Law

10:45 a.m. Break (pick up box lunches)
11:15 a.m. Luncheon Speech: Complexity and Security: Asia Challenges
  Introduction: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director
Speaker: Mr. Dean Cheng, Heritage Foundation, author of Cyber Dragon: Inside China's Information Warfare and Cyber Operations (2017)
12:15 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Complexity and Cybersecurity

Moderator: Ms. Erin Wirtanen, Chief Counsel for the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), CIA

Panelist 1:  Ms. Kathleen Hamm, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Panelist 2:  Mr. Michael Adams, McGuireWoods

Panelist 3:  Mr. Ari Schwartz, Venable LLP

Panelist 4:  Mr. John Reed Stark, President of John Reed Stark Consulting, LLC  

2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Complexity and Security: Investigating and Prosecuting National Security Cases

Moderator: Prof. Shane Stansbury, Duke Law

Panelist 1: Mr. John Cronan, Acting Assistant Attorney General and former Chief of SDNY's Terrorism Unit.

Panelist 2: Ms. Laura Pitter, Senior National Security Counsel, Human Rights Watch

Panelist 3:  Prof. Lisa Griffin, Duke Law            

3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.

Complexity and the Law of Armed Conflict 


Co-Discussants: Prof. Bill Banks, Syracuse Law School and Ms. Rita Siemion, International Legal Counsel, Human Rights First  

Author: Brig. Gen. Ken Watkin, former Judge Advocate General, Canadian Forces, author Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict'

Author: Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, George Mason Law, author (with John Yoo), Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War   

5:15 p.m. First day of conference concludes
6:30 p.m. Reception at Washington Duke Inn
7:15 p.m. Conference Dinner at Washington Duke Inn

Host: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director

Speaker: Amb. Nathan A. Sales, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. State Department

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Duke Law School, Room 3041

8:00 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Keynote: Complexity and Security: The Social Media Perceptive

Speaker: Ms. Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy, Facebook
Interviewer: ProfDavid Hoffman, Intel Corp/Duke Law

9:15 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. Complexity and the 21st Century Battlespace

Moderator: Prof. (Col.) Adam Oler, National Defense University    

Panelist 1:  Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Rockwell, USAF, Deputy TJAG                         

Panelist 2:  Brig. Gen. Pat Huston, USA, Commandant AJAGS

Panelist 3:  Lt. Col. Alan L. Schuller, USMC, Naval War College

Panelist 4:  Prof. Laurie Blank, Emory Law School

11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Ethics in an Era of Complexity and Security
  Speaker:  Prof. (Col.) Adam Oler, National Defense University  
12:15 p.m. Closing remarks: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.),  LENS Executive Director
12:30 p.m. Conference concludes

The conference is produced by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke Law School

Conference Details


Registration is closed for the 2018 LENS Conference.


On Friday, February 23rd, parking will be available in the Science Drive Parking Garage. Permits will be given out for all day parking in this lot. The parking garage is accessible off of Cameron Blvd. (also known as 751). This parking lot is located on the corner of Cameron Blvd. and Science Dr. For further information, please see the Parking Map.

On Saturday, February 24th, parking for the conference will be available in the Law School parking lot, entrance located on Towerview Road. 

Conference Seating

Conference seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Once the main auditorium is full, attendees will be invited to view a live webcast of the conference in the adjacent overflow room.


WiFi will be available to conference attendees.


We have been approved by the NC Bar for 10.5 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics. We have been approved by the PA Bar for 10.5 hours of CLE, including 2 hour of ethics. Any associated fees will be the responsibility of the individual. To receive CLE credit, you must sign the CLE roster each day of the conference.



There is no dress code for the conference itself. However, most speakers will be in business attire. Military personnel are welcome to wear their UOD. For the conference reception and dinner, it is requested that gentlemen wear coat & tie. Ladies are requested to wear dressy or business attire (formal cocktail attire is not required). Military personnel are welcome to wear their service dress or civilian attire.

Point of Contact

Carol Abken
(919) 613-7035

Victoria Zellefrow
(919) 613-8545