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October 25-27, 2017 - Emerging Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict Workshop

United States Military Academy, West Point
This October the Lieber Institute will host an invitation-only workshop on emerging technologies and the law of armed conflict. For more information, please visit the workshop information page.
Past Events

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February 7, 2017 - Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations 

University of Texas, Austin 

On February 7, 2017, the Texas Law Review hosted the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations Symposium, co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security, in cooperation with the Lieber Institute for Law & Land Warfare at the United States Military Academy. This day-long event featured panels addressing sovereignty in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyber activities, international human rights law in cyberspace, among other timely topics. For more information, go to:

complexb.pngOctober 24-26, 2016 - Complex Battlespaces

United States Military Academy, West Point

On October 24-26 2016, the Lieber Institute hosted its inaugural workshop on "Complex Battlespaces: The Law of Armed Conflict and the Dynamics of Modern Warfare." Particpants included law of armed conflict scholars as well as government and military practitioners from the U.S., Israel and the UK. Brigadier General Charles Pede, Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations, delivered the keynote address.  

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October 7-8, 2016 - The Strategic Consequences of the U.S. Use of Torture

Harvard Kennedy School

On October 7th and 8th, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, part of the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Lieber Institute co-hosted a conference on the Strategic Consequences of the U.S. Use of Torture. Speakers included Dean Douglas Elmendorf of the Kennedy School; Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes;  Michael Posner, the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU and former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; and Alberto Mora, former General Counsel for the U.S. Department of the Navy.  Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia, and former Counselor at the U.S. State Department, was the keynote speaker. 

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torture.pngMarch 28-29, 2016 - The Tactical Costs & Consequences of Torture Workshop  
United States Military Academy, West Point

On March 28-29, 2016, the Department of Law co-hosted a workshop with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The event featured scholars and military practitioners (U.S. and British), who examined the role of torture from both a historical and modern perspective, to include incidents occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan. MG(Ret) Antonio Taguba, Abu Ghraib Investigating Officer, and Christopher Graveline, Abu Graib prosecutor, discussed their experiences with “Torture in the Public Eye.” Speakers also discussed the psychological consequences and victim impacts of torture. BG(Ret) David Irvine, Carnegie Counsel for Ethics in International Affairs, delivered the keynote address. 

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Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

On November 16-18, 2015, the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College and the Center for the Rule of Law at the U.S. Military Academy hosted a workshop on the legal complexities surrounding the Syrian Conflict. 


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October 20-22, 2014 - Ukraine Conference  

United States Military Academy, West Point

On October 22-24, 2014, the West Point Center for the Rule of Law’s workshop on “Ukraine: A Case Study in the Viability of International Law,” brought together 21 preeminent legal scholars, military practitioners, and government representatives to identify the emerging jus ad bellum and jus in bello issues stemming from Russia’s actions in Ukraine. This was the world’s first meeting of legal scholars to address this topic.  

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