Recent Events


April 2, 2014

The Center on Law and Security hosted a talk on “Surveillance and Intelligence Oversight in the UK:  A View from Across the Pond,” with Kevin Metcalfe, Technical Liaison Director with the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Washington.

Kevin discussed the organization of the intelligence community in the UK, and the ways in which the British government carries out oversight of its security services.  After a detailed explanation of the United Kingdom’s intelligence services and it's legal framework, Mr. Metcalfe fielded questions regarding the cooperation between intelligence services and if that cooperation extended to oversight.

March 6, 2014

CDR Michael Adams, Deputy Legal Counsel of the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the Center on Law and Security for a morning discussion on March 6th.

CDR Adams discussed “Jus extra bello,” the evolving legal and other rules that govern when states can use force, particularly against terrorist groups, outside of zones of active hostility.  This issue will become particularly important as the U.S. winds down its presence in Afghanistan later this year, and as al-Qaida affiliated groups outside of South Asia continue to grow in strength.