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“Torture and the War on Terror”
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center War Crimes Research Symposium
OCT 7, 2005
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

In the aftermath of 9/11, many Americans across the political spectrum felt that it would be appropriate for the United States to use unconventional methods of obtaining information from suspected terrorists in order to prevent another major attack. But shocking revelations emerging from U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as the disclosure of the practice known as "extraordinary rendition" in which suspected terrorists are sent for interrogation to countries the U.S. Department of State condemns for human rights abuses, has transformed "torture and the war on terror" into one of the most controversial issues of our time. Are such practices moral, legal, effective, and sound policy? If not, what domestic and international fora are most appropriate for challenging them? These questions will be addressed in a day-long conference featuring former government and international organization officials, prominent academics, and leading practitioners in the field.

This symposium is:
A Centennial Regional Meeting of the American Society of International Law
A Regional Conference of the International Law Association (American Branch)
The Annual Meeting of the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section)
Speaker Information
Roel C. CamposKeynote Address: Jose E. Alvarez, President Elect of the American Society of International Law

Additional Information
The International War Crimes Research Office, established in 2002, is part of the law school's Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. Supported by the Center's generous endowment and an annual grant from the Open Society Institute, the Office serves as a focal point of several unique programs dealing with accountability for violations of international criminal and humanitarian law. These include an annual symposium, featuring prominent experts in the field; the War Crimes Research Lab, in which students provide legal research and analysis to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Iraqi Special Tribunal, and the International Criminal Court; the War Crimes Research Portal, one of the most comprehensive and usable research sites related to international humanitarian law and international criminal tribunals on the Internet; and training sessions for judges, prosecutors and defense counsel involved in international trials.

This symposium also marks the launching of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy. The Institute is poised to be a leading national and international research and resource center concerning terrorism. It recently unveiled an interactive Web site to stimulate public debate and provide a comprehensive hub for addressing security and counterterrorism issues.

This symposium is made possible through a generous grant from the Wolf Family Foundation.

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