2013 LENS Conference

Spring Conference: Battlefields, Boardrooms, and Backyards: The New Face of National Security Law
March 1-2, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013


*** Special Event for Early Arrivals***

12:15 p.m Professor Curt Bradley will discuss his new book, International Law in the U.S. Legal System, in Room 3043 of the Law School from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.  More information is found here.


Friday, March 1, 2013

7:30 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.

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

8:45 a.m. Keynote: The Law of Cyberwar: The Tallinn Manual

Speaker: Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, Chairman, International Law Department, Naval War College

9:45 a.m. Break
10: 00 a.m.

Panel 1: Sea Business: Current Issues in International and Domestic Maritime Law


Moderator: Prof. George Walker, Dean's Research Professor of Admiralty and International Law, Wake Forest Law School
VADM James W. Houck, USN (Ret.), Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Penn State School of Law and International Affairs
CAPT Glenn M. Sulmasy, Professor of Law, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
CDR James Kraska, Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law, Naval War College

11:30 a.m. Break (pick up box lunches)
11:45 a.m. Luncheon presentation: A Conversation with the Chief Prosecutor

Host: Hon. Scott Silliman, LENS Executive Director Emeritus
Speaker: BG Mark Martins, USA, Chief Prosecutor, Military Commissions

12:45 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Panel 2: Technology, Privacy and Security


Moderator: Prof. Margaret Hu, Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke University Law School
Prof. Nita A. Farahany, Professor of Law, Professor of Genome Sciences & Policy, Professor of Philosophy, Duke University
Ms. Catherine Crump, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project
Col. Dawn Zoldi, USAF, Chief, Operations Law, Air Combat Command

2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m.

Panel 3: Building the Terminator? Law and Policy for Autonomous Weapons' Systems


Moderator: Prof. Bill Banks, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University Law School
Prof. Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Vice President, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law, U.S. Naval War College
Prof. Ken Anderson, Professor of Law, American University School of Law, and Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
Mr. Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch

4:15 p.m.

First day of conference concludes

6:15 p.m.

Reception at Washington Duke Inn

7:00 p.m.

Keynote Dinner at Washington Duke Inn


Host: Maj. Gen. Charlie Dunlap, USAF (Ret.), LENS Executive Director
Speaker: General James N. Mattis, USMC, Commander, U.S. Central Command


Saturday, March 2, 2013

8:00 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.

Keynote: Leadership and Civil-Military Relations: The Contemporary Challenges

  Speaker: MG Robert Scales, USA (Ret.), President, Colgen LLP, Ph.D., Duke University
9:15 a.m.


9:30 a.m.

Panel 4: The Business of Battle: Law, National Security, and the Global Marketplace


Moderator: Dr. Christopher Swift, J.D., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of National Security Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Mr. Christopher Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Novitas Group
Mr. Ron Reed, Director, National Security Law, Microsoft Corporation
Mr. Jay Stephens, Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, Raytheon Company

11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Contemporary Ethical Issues of National Security Law

  Speaker: Hon. Charles Blanchard, General Counsel, Department of the Air Force
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
with support of Duke Law School's Program in Public Law

Conference Details

You must register to attend.


On Friday, March 1st, there will be parking for the conference reserved in the visitor lot across the street on Science Drive, between NC 751 and Whitford Drive. 

On Saturday, March 2nd, there will be parking for the conference in the Law School parking lot that you enter from Towerview Road.  Additional parking information can be found here.

Conference Seating

Seating for attendees will be on a first come, first serve basis. If there are no seats available when you arrive, you will be asked to please take a seat in the adjacent overflow room (Room 3043) to participate in the conference via live webcast for one or more sessions. In addition, if you believe you may need to enter/leave during a session, we ask you to use the overflow room.


WiFi will be available to conference attendees.


The conference has been approved for 9.5 hours of CLE by the Pennsylvania CLE Board, including one hour of ethics.

North Carolina has approved 8 hours of CLE including one hour of ethics.


There is no dress code, per se, for the conference. However, most speakers will be in business attire. Military personnel are welcome to wear their uniforms. By way of information, General Mattis will be wearing a business suit at the Friday reception and dinner.

Point of Contact

Ms. Dana Norvell
(919) 613-7080