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.


The Symposium for Senior NATO/PfP Legal Advisors (SSL) unites on an annual basis the Chief Legal Advisers of the NATO system as well as of the Ministries of Defence and Armed Forces of NATO member states and states of the Partnership for Peace to discuss current legal challenges facing NATO and partners. It is designed to provide a collegial venue for an impartial and frank exchange, in a confidential setting. The 2018 edition of the Symposium addressed the Challenges regarding Legal Interoperability. In this context, GCSP will co-organize a conference on Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats on 8–10 April 2019 at the University of Exeter.


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.


Past events



  • Tobias Vestner, Head of Programme
  • Dominika de Beauffort, Senior Policy Officer
  • Alessandro Mario Amoroso, Junior Programme Officer
  • Rastislav Sutek, Junior Programme Officer


Mr Tobias Vestner
Head of Security and Law Programme

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