Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Studies

Two Perspectives on the Declaration and Conduct of War: Ethics and Law

Thu, 11/19/2015
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs is pleased to invite graduate students to participate in a unique two-dinner event as part of our series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers.

Two Perspectives on the Declaration and
Conduct of War: Ethics and Law

Thursday, November 19:    Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study;
author, "Just and Unjust Wars"

* POSTPONED - New Date TBA * 

Col. David Wallace, United States Military
Academy, Law Department

Each dinner will be the traditional single table off-the record discussion beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 8:00 p.m. (Location will be provided with confirmation.)

Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. For more than three decades, Walzer served as co-editor of Dissent, now in its 61st  year. His articles and interviews frequently appear in the world’s foremost newspapers and journals. He is currently working on the third volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought. A new book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, was published in March of 2015

David Wallace is a Colonel in the United States Army. He is currently assigned as Professor and Head, Department of Law, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Wallace has served 14 years on the faculty at West Point. His education includes:  B.A. (Carnegie-Mellon University); J.D. (Seattle University School of Law); M.(S) B.A. (Boston University); LL.M. (Judge Advocate General’s School of the U.S. Army); and M.A. (U.S. Naval War College). In addition to his assignment at West Point, he has also served at a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (Fort Bliss, Texas); Assistant/Associate Professor at the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army (Charlottesville, Virginia); Trial Attorney, Contract Appeals Division, United States Army Legal Service Agency (Arlington, Virginia); Trial Counsel and Legal Assistance Attorney, 3rd Infantry Division (Kitzingen, Germany); and Public/Civil Affairs Officer, 81st Infantry Brigade (Seattle Washington).  Wallace deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2004, he served as a member of an implementation team working to establish the National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA). In 2010, he returned to NMAA as the Senior Legal Mentor.

RSVP Info:

Priority will be given to students committing to attend BOTH dinners.

A few places will be held for students who can attend only one of the dinners.


  • Click here to RSVP for both dinners – deadline is November 6th at 2 p.m. 
    (If we have an oversubscription, we will select attendees by lottery.  If you are not selected for both dinners, you will be placed on the wait list and may RSVP for one of the two dinners.)

  • Click here to RSVP for the Walzer dinner only – deadline is November 10th at 2 p.m. 
  • Click here to RSVP for the Wallace dinner only  – deadline is November 23rd at 2 p.m. 

For the individual dinners we will also conduct a lottery and maintain a waitlist.

NOTE:  If you commit to attending both dinners, you must attend both dinners to remain eligible to attend future LAPA dinners.