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Respecting the Rule of Law

The West Point Center for the Rule of Law (CRL) plays a vital educational role in promoting respect for the rule of law—during peacetime and armed conflict. Located within West Point’s Department of Law, the Center educates current and future leaders of our Army and our nation, emphasizing:
  • the principles underlying the Law of Armed Conflict
  • their own critical roles as officers and commanders in upholding the military justice system
  • the core values of the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of civil-military relations.

 

"A fundamental part of our strategy for our security has to be America's support for those universal rights that formed the creed of our founding. We will promote those values above all by living them -- through our fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it's hard; even when we're being attacked; even when we're in the midst of war." President Barack Obama, speaking at West Point's 2010 Commencement
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"A fundamental part of our strategy for our security has to be America's support for those universal rights that formed the creed of our founding. We will promote those values above all by living them -- through our fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it's hard; even when we're being attacked; even when we're in the midst of war." President Barack Obama, speaking at West Point's 2010 Commencement
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"A fundamental part of our strategy for our security has to be America's support for those universal rights that formed the creed of our founding. We will promote those values above all by living them -- through our fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it's hard; even when we're being attacked; even when we're in the midst of war." President Barack Obama, speaking at West Point's 2010 Commencement
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​Islam and the Rule of Law

​On March 29, 2012, the Center for the Rule of Law hosted its annual Rule of Law Conference, which involved discussion of Islam and Rule of Law.

Conference on Innocence Procedures at New York Law School

​On 5 November 2010, the Center presented a symposium on Innocence Procedures with New York Law School.

Gender Justice Conference

​On 6-8 April 2011 the Center for the Rule of Law hosted its Conference on Gender Justice Issues. The Conference covered topics including Violence against Women in War and Modern-Day Slavery: Trafficking in Women.

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Educating Future Leaders About the Law of Armed Conflict
Posted on April 17, 2013
Cadets currently enrolled in the Department of Law’s Special Topics in the Law course have been privileged to welcome into the classroom some of the most experienced practitioners in the Law of Armed Conflict.  Read post

Film & Law Program Presents "Forty Years of Silence," a film by Dr. Randy Olson

Posted on March 30, 2014

Members of the West Point Film Club, as well as Cadets taking Jurisprudence (LW 495), Criminal Law (LW 472), and those who participated in 2013 West Point Civil Rights Staff Ride met with filmmaker Randy Olson to watch and discuss his film ― "Forty Years of Silence." The film is about Mr. Olson‘s father, the late COL John Olson, USMA Class of 1939, who was a POW in the Philippines following the Bataan Death March. COL Olson was imprisoned at Camp O'Donnell and later the ranking officer at Cabanatuan prison. The film documented COL Olson's experience both during and after the war. Read post

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