On October 21, 2009 the name of the Institute for International Law and Politics was changed to the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security.  Dr. Catherine Lotrionte, Director, looks forward to the continued work that the Institute supports.  We anticipate that the Institute will continue to play an integral part in the support and enhancement of teaching and research at Georgetown in the area of international law and international relations.  The Institute will continue to seek to inform the public policy debate about the nature, role and important of international law, domestic law and science in foreign and domestic politics.  Please send all emails to lsgs@georgetown.edu.

The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security was established to promote teaching and research at the nexus of international law and international relations. Recent developments such as intervention in Iraq, Kosovo's declaration of independence, or the treatment of detainees in the ‘War on Terror’ are difficult to assess in the absence of an understanding of legal rules and an appreciation of the ways in which these rules may affect behavior. The Institute hosts a number of events each year. These events bring students together with practitioners, policy makers, and legal scholars in a variety of formats.

Spotlight Event: International Engagement on Cyber


Registration is open for the Georgetown University Institute for Law, Science and Global Security’s fourth annual International Engagement on Cyber conference. To register, please click here.

Location: The conference will be located in Gaston Hall in the Heally building at Georgetown University. The address is:

37th and O st. NW,

Washington, DC 20057

The fourth annual International Engagement on Cyber conference promotes dialogue among policymakers, academics, and key industry stakeholders from across the globe, and explores the worldwide community’s increasing interconnectivity in this domain.

Drawing on the experience of government practitioners, industry representatives, and academic scholars, this event brings a multidisciplinary and international approach to the challenges in cyberspace from technical, corporate, legal, and policy perspectives in both the United States domestic and international realms. Participants of diverse disciplines and various national and international organizations advance the topic of cyber security, and facilitate a broader global discussion of, and positive momentum for, the development of norms in cyberspace to create a safe, stable, and predictable cyber environment.

The opening keynote speaker for the 2013 conference was Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL. Past speakers have included: The White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, Deputy Secretaries from the US Departments of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, the former Director of the NSA and DNI, the President of INTERPOL, the ICANN Chairman of the Board, international representatives from the Netherlands, China, Israel, Japan, Romania, Russia, Pakistan, Estonia, Spain, Hungary, and the UK, among others, and leading private industry experts.

Hotel Rooms: A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the 2014 cyber conference participants at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center at the rate of $199/night. To reserve a room, please follow the below link. Rooms from our block not reserved by Febrary 9 will be released to the general public.


On April 10, 2013 the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security hosted its third annual international conference on cybersecurity. Experts from around the world, including domestic and foreign policymakers, private sector leaders and notable scholars came together to share their visions for protecting cyberspace in the face of emerging challenges. 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, which will be available for purchase in January 2014. For mor information vist the Journal's webpage.

If you would like to learn more about April 2012's event, including highlights and full video from the conference, visit our event page.

If you are interested in viewing full transcripts from the 2012 conference as well as portions of expert articles on the subject, as featured in a special issue of Georgetown's Journal of International Affairs, visit the Journal's webpage.


The Institute for Law, Science and Global Security is led by Prof. Catherine Lotrionte, Director for the Institute.  Professor Lotrionte oversees the Institute research programs and its program in International Law and Global Security, an M.A. in Goverment, housed in the Government Department at Georgetown University. 

The Institute also maintains a governance board that advises the various topics and areas related to the study of international law and international relations.

To learn more about the Institute, its historyrelated programs and events, please explore this website.  For more information about the Institute and the Government M.A. in International Law and Global Security, please contact us here.

New Rankings for International Relations Programs

Foreign Policy Magazine released its latest rankings in its March/April 2009 issue for the top undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs in international relations.  Once again, Georgetown University was in the top tier of each category, and notably ranked #1 for "Top Masters Programs."  For more information on the recent rankings, the Georgetown University press release can be viewed here, and the FP article can be accessed here.  The Institute for Law, Science and Global Policy and the Government Masters Program in International Law and Global Security are proud to be part of an outstanding community of scholars, practitioners, and students.

The Institute is not currently accepting applications for the Masters Program in International Law & Global Security.