James Baker Chair Program on Law and Security

The Strauss Center also sponsors several initiatives concerned with the evolution of armed conflict and political violence, including their strategic and legal dimensions. These include:

  • Transatlantic Dialogue on the Law of Armed Conflict: Conducted in partnership with Oxford University, International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European University Institute, this program assembles leading academic, military, NGO, and government experts in law of armed conflict to discuss issues raised when these frameworks must be applied in new contexts.
  • Transatlantic Dialogue on Surveillance: Convened in partnership with European institutions including Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Berlin) and the University of Glasgow School of Law, the program focuses on the current international debate over the balancing of national security and individual privacy rights.
  • Transatlantic Dialogue on Terrorism Trials and Investigations: Conducted in partnership with the New York University School of Law, this event involves a unique and timely dialogue concerning the investigation and prosecution of terrorism-related cases, featuring judges, prosecutors, and defense counsel from both the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • National Security Law Studies: This program supports a variety of efforts meant to improve understanding of the sharply contested legal environment surrounding the U.S. government’s pursuit of national security aims. A key part of this effort is the annual National Security Workshop, conducted in partnership with eth U.S. Army JAG School and the International Committee of the Red Cross.