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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

  • Discussion following a screening of The Report with (l to r) author Mark Fallon, former Navy general counsel Alberto Mora, human rights counsel Alka Pradhan, retired U.S. Army brigadier general Dr. Stephen Xenakis, investigative journalist Katherine Eban and CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein

  • Retired General Joseph Votel, former U.S. CENTCOM commander, at his keynote presentation with CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein at “Ethical Challenges in the Development of New Weaponry,” a CERL symposium

  • Author Mitchell Orenstein, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Russian and East European Studies, at a CERL book talk discussing “The Lands In Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War”

  • CERL Book Talk with James Clapper, former national intelligence director, discussing his “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence” with CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein

  • Keynote panelists (l to r) Prof. Marwan Kraidy at Annenberg School for Communication; ACLU legal director David Cole; CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein, CNAS executive director Richard Fontaine; and CNAS fellow Kara Frederick at “How Technology Advances Autocracy and What Democracies Can Do About It”

  • Sean Carter, partner at Cozen O’Connor, author Julie Salamon, and CERL’s Prof. Claire Finkelstein at a CERL Book Talk to discuss Ms. Salamon’s book, “An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer”

  • The 2020 CERL Summer Internship Class
    Top row l to r: Souvik Chatterjee, Aedan Collins, Jane Wang, Peter Neal, Jeongwoung Park, Henry Scherck, Andrew Figueiredo
    Bottom row l to r: Rebecca Bierstein, Quinn Dunkak, Ashley Fuchs, Dylan O’Conner, Alana Sheppard, Natasha Spreadborough, Robert Stoffa

CERL’s Mission

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), affiliated with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn, is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to preserving and promoting ethics and the rule of law in national security, warfare, and democratic governance. CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in domestic and transnational crises and conflicts. more


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Jennifer Cohen, CERL Director of Engagement,

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