National Security Law Center

National Security Law Center

National Security Law Center

National Security Law Center

Upcoming Events

September 27, 2022
5:00 pm, WB101
John Bassett Moore Society of International Law
October 4, 2022
3:45 pm, Purcell Reading Room

UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala will discuss his forthcoming book, “The Absolutely Indispensable Man: Ralph Bunche, the United Nations, and the Fight to End Empire.” Raustiala is the Promise Institute Distinguished Professor of Comparative and International Law, and director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. His research focuses on international law, international relations and intellectual property. Professor Kristen Eichensehr, director of the National Security Law Center, will introduce Raustiala and moderate the discussion. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

National Security Law Center, Center for International & Comparative Law
October 5, 2022
12:00 pm, SL294

Attorneys with the Procurement Division in the Office of General Counsel at the CIA will offer a presentation about their specific area of law, as well as working for the CIA generally. They will also discuss the hiring process for entry-level attorneys and summer interns.

Public Service Center
October 28, 2022
11:00 am, The Miller Center/Online

An expert panel will discuss China’s role in the vast technology space and how does it affect U.S.-China relations. This event will feature Miller Center professor Evan Feigenbaum, UVA media studies professor Aynne Kokas and UVA Law professor Thomas Nachbar. Together, they will explore the relationship among social media, technology and data exploitation, and analyze the roles played by both China and the United States.

UVA Miller Center

Virginia-Duke Foreign Relations Roundtable

The President’s Delegated Foreign Affairs Powers

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

This roundtable will explore the general tradeoffs between the need for Congress to delegate authority in the foreign relations sphere and the difficulty that Congress and the courts face in ensuring that the Executive remains faithful to those delegations. More

2021 Cybersecurity Speaker Series

Sponsored by the National Security Law Center; Law, Innovation, Security & Technology; and the National Security Law Forum 

A cybersecurity speaker series will explores the challenges cybersecurity poses for governments, private actors, and civil society and how U.S., foreign and international law tackle cybersecurity problems. The series will discuss what to expect on cybersecurity law and policy in the new Biden administration, and will feature current and former U.S. government officials, in-house and outside counsel, and academic and civil society experts. This series is open to the UVA community as well as invited national security law faculty and professionals.

U.S. Government Perspectives on Cybersecurity

Monday, Feb. 8
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Zoom details

Experts will discuss the tools the U.S. federal government has deployed to address cybersecurity threats, including indictments, sanctions and the U.S. Department of Defense “defend forward” strategy and consider how government policy may change in the near term.


  • Gary Corn, Director, Tech, Law & Security Program, American University Washington College of Law; former Staff Judge Advocate to U.S. Cyber Command
  • Andrew Grotto, William J. Perry International Security Fellow at Stanford University and Director of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center; former Senior Director for Cyber Policy, National Security Council
  • Kimberley Raleigh, Deputy Chief of the Office of Law and Policy, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice

The Private Sector’s Role in Cybersecurity Challenges

Monday, Feb. 15
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Zoom details

This panel will highlight the role that in-house and outside counsel play in addressing cybersecurity threats to the private sector, as well as considering applicable U.S. and foreign (especially EU) regulatory regimes and the relationship between the private sector and governments more broadly.


  • Cristin Goodwin, Assistant General Counsel of the Digital Security Unit, Microsoft Corp.
  • Sean Joyce, Principal, U.S. and Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Leader, PwC; former Deputy Director, FBI
  • Ronald Lee, Partner, Arnold & Porter; former General Counsel, U.S. National Security Agency
  • Kimberly Peretti, Partner; Co-Chair of Privacy, Cyber and Data Stratagy Team and National Security and Digital Crimes Team, Alston & Bird; former litigator in U.S. DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section

Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies

Monday, Feb. 22
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Zoom details

This panel will explore the cybersecurity challenges posed by emerging technologies and how new technologies might improve cybersecurity, while also examining related issues like disinformation and artificial intelligence.


  • Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook; former Director of Cybersecurity Policy, National Security Council 
  • Brenda Leong, Senior Counsel and Director of Artificial Intelligence and Ethics, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Riana Pfefferkorn, Research Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory; former Associate Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
  • Moderator: Kristen Eichensehr, Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law; Director, National Security Law Center; University of Virginia School of Law
Ukraine and Challenges for U.S. National Security

UVA Law professor Kristen Eichensehr discusses how the conflict in Ukraine highlights broader challenges for U.S. national security and foreign relations, including sanctions policy and cybersecurity. Eichensehr spoke at the Alumni Board and Council luncheon.