The Assange case shows that a “public interest” defense to unauthorized disclosures of classified information is neither wise nor workable

With British courts now having issued a formal order approving the extradition of Julian Assange, the debate sparked by Assange’s continuing legal saga will undoubtedly embrace the controversial question of whether Assange and others charged with unlawfully disclosing U.S. national security information should be afforded the opportunity to assert a “public interest” or “public accountability” […]

Putin’s terror state and the not so new world order

President Zelensky is right. Russia is a terrorist state. It has fully embraced terrorism as a national strategy. What is unfolding daily before the world’s eyes is hard to describe in any other terms. The recent, appalling report of mass-murder in Bucha and the murder of 52 civilians at the Kramatorsk train station are just […]

CERL Book Talk with Wojciech Sadurski

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at Penn, together with the Department of Russian and East European Studies of Penn Arts and Sciences, hosted Wojciech Sadurski to discuss his book Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown. Prof. Sadurski is the Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney. Moderating the talk was Claire Finkelstein, […]

The Ian Fishback we knew and the nation failed

CERL is honored to present the following blog series that pays tribute to the life and legacy of Major Ian Fishback. Ian was a valued member of the CERL community and participated in several CERL events and activities. Ian died on November 19, 2021, at an adult foster care facility in Bangor, Michigan. Ian graduated […]

Remembering Ian Fishback

CERL is honored to present the following blog series that pays tribute to the life and legacy of Major Ian Fishback. Ian was a valued member of the CERL community and participated in several CERL events and activities. Ian died on November 19, 2021, at an adult foster care facility in Bangor, Michigan. Ian graduated […]