Celebrate the LENS Essays Series’ “birthday” and check out the year’s writings!

Like teachers everywhere, here at Duke Law we’ve been looking for ways to improve the experience for our students, especially during the pandemic.  Along that line, a new addition in your Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) has been the start of the online Essays on Law, Ethics and National Security – A LENS Center Series to provide students with another outlet for their voice.  This program just celebrated its first “birthday.”

Some context: for three of the classes I teach, students are required to complete papers (LAW 582 (National Security Law; LAW 227 Use of Force: Cyber, Drones, Hostage Rescues, Piracy, and more; and LAW 546 The International Law of Armed Conflict). It struck me over the years that several of the course papers each semester reflected national security-related scholarship deserving of a larger audience. A few students have written posts for Lawfire® in the past on topics that interest them, but the LENS Essay Series now provides an opportunity for more in-depth exploration and discussion.

Lawfire® readers have seen posts introducing these essays, but I thought it might be helpful to consolidate them for you.  Although you can find the essays collected here, the Lawfire® posts do provide an abstract and more information about the writers.

Helene Marie Snyder, Stolen Art and National Security: (Can) (Should) the U.S. Do More?, No. 8, March 10, 2021 (Lawfire® intro here).

Molly Byman, Keeping the Dollar King: The Impact of Economic Sanctions on American National Security, No. 7, March 4, 2021 (Lawfire® intro here).

Jesse Ruth, How Critical is “Critical”?: Holding CFIUS Accountable Under FIRRMA’s Expansion, No. 6, March 2, 2021 (Lawfire® intro here).

Ellie Studdard, Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: A Maritime Security Threat in the Western Pacific, No. 5, February 15, 2021 (Lawfire® intro here).

Zachary Ezor, Calling Forth” The Cajun Navy? Legal Frameworks for Ad Hoc Disaster Relief, No. 4, July 1, 2020 (Lawfire® intro here).

Mark M. Rothrock, All’s Fair in Love and Wars of Self-Defense: In Support of the “Conservative Approach” to Jus ad Bellum, No. 3, April 28, 2020 (Lawfire® intro here).

Kristen Casey, Sovereign Investment as a Tool of War: Can International Law Address Financial Aggression by State Actors?, No. 2, April 15, 2020 (Lawfire® intro here).

Robert J. DeNault, The Crisis of Cryptocurrency: Executive Branch Authority to Address the World’s Most Potent Financial Threat, No. 1, March 30, 2020 (Lawfire® intro here).

Still, remember what we like to say on Lawfire®: gather the facts, examine the law, evaluate the arguments – and then decide for yourself!


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