LENS 2021 conference registration is breaking all records! (But, yes, you can still sign up!)

Registration for Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security’s (LENS) Annual National Security Law conference is smashing all our records, and we are expecting the largest number of attendees in our 26-year history.  This year’s conference is online, and because of the unprecedented demand, the University granted us an extended webinar license – so you can still sign-up (here).

Want more good news?  This year’s virtual conference is free!

It isn’t hard to understand why this year’s event is so popular.  Nobody wants to miss speakers including former Secretary of Defense and retired Marine General Jim Mattis, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown, Heritage’s Dean Cheng, ABA President Trish Refo, and many other luminaries (the full agenda is here).

Along this line, our latest addition is Ms. Alexandra PerinaAssistant Legal Adviser for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the State Department, who has agreed to give us a legal analysis of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (the U.S. is not a party to it; my views are here).

The nuclear weapons treaty is just one example of the very wide range of current topics LENS 2021 will address: artificial intelligence and warfare, civil-military relations, leadership, lawfare, cybersecurity, the challenges of China, airpower, high-tech ‘deep fakes’, drones and autonomous weaponry, landmine policy, civilian casualty aversion, the limits of LOAC, the challenges of ending conflicts, and, of course, ethics in the context of national security.  Seriously, you don’t want to miss this one! 

BTW, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions during the conference, though there can be no guarantee that we can get to yours.  (And no anonymous questions will be entertained.)

You can also submit questions in advance (clear and concise ones are most likely to be selected!)  Send them to the LENS mailbox lensmailbox@law.duke.edu   (Put: “Speaker question” in the “subject” line and include in your note the person (or panel) to whom you want it posed, as well as your name and organization (if any).

As I say, this year’s conference is free, but everyone must register and, again, you can do so here.  However, the remaining spaces are filling up, so I recommend you register now if you’d like to attend.  Hope you can make it!

PS:  We are happy to be able to offer this conference at no charge, but would you consider making a donation to support LENS?  You can do so here.

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