Security and Law Programme

Security affairs are increasingly intertwined with legal complexities. Moreover, dynamics in global politics and technological developments often require rethinking traditional legal solutions. Global leaders and stakeholders thus experience a growing need for guidance at the intersection of security policy and international law.


The Security and Law Programme at the GCSP aims to address this need in a comprehensive manner. The Security and Law Programme:

  • Identifies emerging legal issues in the contemporary security realm;
  • Clarifies legal frameworks for strategic and operational decision-making;
  • Offers executive education to master legal complexities;
  • Bridges the gap between legal research and practice;
  • Fosters solutions-oriented policy dialogue.


Security and Law: A Reality Check is the new event series to address how international law matters in security affairs. It aims to critically assess if current norms fit contemporary and future security challenges, how international commitments can effectively be implemented, and how new international law can successfully be shaped. Reality Checks feature a new GCSP format: The audience attending the event is encouraged to steer the discussion by challenging the speakers and experts. Join the debate. Join the Reality Check.

Upcoming events

  • 14 March 2018: The Trump Administration and International Law: A Counter-Strategy. A Discussion with Professor Harold Hongju Koh 
  • 15-16 March 2018: 2nd Symposium for Senior NATO/PfP LEGADs (SSL). Challenges Regarding Legal Interoperability
  • 3 May 2018: Can Peace Operations Breach the Law? How to Navigate the New Leuven Manual on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations

Past events



  • Tobias Vestner, Cluster Leader
  • Dominika de Beauffort, Senior Policy Officer
  • François Brot, Senior Policy Officer
  • Alessandro Mario Amoroso, Junior Programme Officer

Related Related experts

Ms Sarah Parker
Policy Support Officer at the Arms Trade Treaty Secretariat
Dr Gilles Giacca
Legal Advisor at the Arms Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Prof Andrew Clapham
Law Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Dr Stuart Maslen
Honorary Professor, University of Pretoria
Prof Dr Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg
Chair of Public Law, Europa-Universität Viadrina
Mr Tobias Vestner
Cluster Leader, Security and Law Programme
Ioana Puşcaş
Ms Ioana Puscas
Research Officer, Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme
Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger
Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Dr William Boothby
Former Air Commodore (1 star); Deputy Director, Legal Services, Royal Air Force, UK
Prof. David Heymann
Head and Senior Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House; Chairman, Public Health England
Anne-Caroline Pissis Martel
Ms Anne-Caroline Pissis Martel
Head of the Global Fellowship Initiative; GCSP Press Officer
Mr Marc Finaud
Senior Programme Advisor, Emerging Security Challenges Programme; Arms Proliferation Cluster Leader