Events and Institute Research

The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security is home to several research initiatives dealing with the issues of government that affect or are affected by international law.  A range of topics including cybersecurity, terrorism, and the environment provide the issue-area templates from which international law examines and analyzes significant theoretical and policy implications.  In dealing with these issues, the Institute research is conducted by the several affiliated scholars and practionors, panel sessions hosted by the Institute, and a guest speaker series.  The events are often held on Georgetown University's main campus, and are open to the public and press.  The Institute hosts two to three panels each semester, and will announce them as they are scheduled.

International Law and Global Security Speaker Series

Throughout the year, the Institute hosts several scholars and policy-makers who present their expertise to the Georgetown community.  A range of topics including energy, war, finance, and how these relate to international law are presented by scholars, researchers, and Ph.D. students.  The speaker series allows individuals to present their topics in a small, informal setting, allowing for discussion of one's ongoing research projects, as well as relevant policy issues.  Regular announcements will be made about upcoming speakers.

International Engagement in Cyberspace

2011: On March 29, 2011, the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security in partnership with the Atlantic Council, co-hosted an international conference on cybersecurity.  The conference brought together experts from around the world, including foreign and domestic policymakers, private sector leaders and notable scholars, in order to lay out their visions for securing cyberspace.  For more information or to view full video of the conference, please visit the event page.  To read full transcripts of the event, as well as portions of expert articles on the subject, as featured in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, visit the Journal's website.

2012: The Institute held its second annual conference on "International Engagement in Cyberspace" on April 10, 2012 on Georgetown University's main campus. For more information and video of the conference, please visit the event page.  Full transcripts of the conference and expert articles on the subject are featured in the forthcoming special edition of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, available for purchase in October. To view a preview of this special edition journal, click here. For more information on individual articles and how to purchase a copy, please visit the Journal’s website.


Photo from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  March 2010

Cyber ShockWave Partnership with Bipartisan Policy Center

In February 2010 the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted Cyber ShockWave, a simulated cyber attack on the United States, providing an unprecedented look at how the government would develop a real-time response to a large-scale cyber crisis affecting much of the nation. Georgetown University’s Dr. Lotrionte collaborated with BPC and other public and private sector organizations to make this simulation possible.

Cybersecurity Seminar Series

To advance the public/private understanding of cybersecurity, Georgetown University has formed a strategic partnership with CyberSecurity Seminars (CSS), a leading producer of events focused on protecting the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.  The alliance will launch The Cyber Symposia, a pioneering series of seminars addressing key cyber vulnerabilities, opportunities and trailblazing, new developments. Events will feature authoritative national security experts, policy makers, industry leaders and academics. Speakers who have already been involved in CSS seminars have come from the White House, Congress, and the Departments of State, Commerce, Energy and Homeland Security.