Contributing Editor of Harper’s Magazine to Speak at Pace International Law Review Symposium Friday

This fall the Obama administration is expected to unveil its long anticipated proposals for preventive detention. Scott Horton, contributing editor of Harper’s magazine and the No Comment blog (www.harpers.org/subjects/NoComment) will explore Obama’s challenges in a talk at Pace Law School Friday at 4:00pm titled “After Gitmo: Obama Grapples with Preventive Detention.”

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HARPER’S MAGAZINE EDITOR, AUTHOR AND LAWYER SCOTT HORTON TO LECTURE AT PACE LAW SCHOOL FRIDAY ON OBAMA AND GUANTANAMO BAY

Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law is part of Pace International Law Review Symposium

Scott Horton, contributing editor, Harper’s Magazine: “After Gitmo: Obama Grapples with Preventive Detention”

Friday, November 13, 2009, 4:00 PM at Pace Law School, Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom, Joseph & Bessie Gerber Glass Law Center, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY, 10603. Phone: (914) 422-4205.

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 11, 2009 – This fall the Obama administration is expected to unveil its long anticipated proposals for preventive detention. Scott Horton, contributing editor of Harper’s magazine and the No Comment blog (www.harpers.org/subjects/NoComment) will explore Obama’s challenges in a talk at Pace Law School Friday at 4:00pm titled “After Gitmo: Obama Grapples with Preventive Detention.”

“The Cheney thesis that moving Gitmo prisoners to maximum security facilities in the United States, from which no one has ever escaped, would put the country at risk is a real test of the capacity of the American media to absorb idiocies,” wrote Horton on October 1. “It also serves to highlight the spinelessness of many Democrats on Capitol Hill, who quake in the face of such absurdities when they should be laughing.”

Horton will put the anticipated proposal to the test first, against the stance adopted by the prior administration (to what extent does this reflect an evolution of the Bush era views, in light particularly of Obama’s own criticism of those views). Second, he will test it against international human rights standards – which impose limits on preventive detention but have never incorporated an outright prohibition of them. His third test will be against American constitutional standards.

The talk is part of the 2009 symposium presented by the Pace International Law Review, “Comparative Constitutional Law: National Security Across the Globe,” a day long discussion on the legal issues faced by various nations and the challenges of balancing constitutional and civil rights with national security needs.

The symposium will offer a series of panel discussions and short lectures throughout the day. The sessions are free and open to the public. Advance registration required for continuing legal education credits. For more information contact Symposia & Submissions Editor, Michelle Ross, at mross@law.pace.edu or pilr@law.pace.edu.

About Scott Horton: Scott Horton is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine where he writes the “No Comment” column on legal and national security issues. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School.

A lifelong human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region.

Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He recently completed a study of the accountability of private security contractors in the war on terror, published as “Private Security Contractors at War,” and appeared and testified five times before Congress on this and related subjects. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the Eurasia Group, and the American Branch of the International Law Association.

What: Pace International Law Review Symposium, a discussion on legal issues of nations and the need for balance between national security and civil rights. The symposium will be comprised of a series of panel discussions and short lectures throughout the day.

Where: Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom, Joseph & Bessie Gerber Glass Law Center, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603

When: Friday November 13, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Who: Speakers at the symposium include: James Benjamin, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP Maureen Duffy, McGill University Toon Moonen, Universiteit Hasselt Mindia Vashakmadze, European University Institute Colin Murray, Newcastle Law School Sudha Setty, Western New England College of Law Melissa Martins-Casagrande, McGill University Brian Farrell, University of Iowa

Working papers:

James Benjamin — “In Pursuit of Justice: Prosecuting Terrorism Cases in the Federal Courts, 2009 Updates and Recent Developments”

Maureen Duffy – “The Slow Creep of Complacency: Ongoing Challenges for Democracies Seeking to Detain Terrorism Suspects”

Mindia Vashakmadze — “The Applicability of International Humanitarian Law to ‘Transitional’ Armed Conflicts”

Sudha Setty — “National Security Without Secret Laws: How Other Nations Balance National Security Interests and Transparency of the Law”

Toon Moonen — “How private is your privacy?: About the constitutionality of “special investigation techniques”

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

9:00AM — 9:30AM Welcome Breakfast and Registration: Jury Room, Gerber Glass Library Building.

Welcome comments by Nonna Akopyan, Editor-In-Chief of Pace International Law Review

9:30AM— 10:55AM Detaining and Prosecuting Accused Terrorists I: Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom.

Chair, Thomas McDonnell, Pace Law School

Toon Moonen, Universiteit Hasselt

Mindia Vashakmadze, European University Institute

11:00AM— 12:15PM Detaining and Prosecuting Accused Terrorists II

Chair, Mark R. Shulman, Pace Law School

James Benjamin, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Maureen Duffy, McGill University

12:15PM— 1:10PM Lunch: Tudor Room

1:10PM— 2:30PM Secrecy and Privacy: Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom

Chair, Ralph Stein, Pace Law School

Prescription of Membership, Colin Murray, Newcastle Law School

Secret Laws, Sudha Setty, Western New England College of Law

2:30PM— 3:50PM Comparative Approaches to National Security

Chair, Noa Ben-Asher, Pace Law School

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and National Security in Latin America, Melissa Martins-Casagrande, McGill University

Habeas Corpus History and Comparison, Brian Farrell, University of Iowa

4:00PM— 5:30PM Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law: Introduced by Dean Michelle Simon.

Scott Horton, Harper’s Magazine

5:30PM— 6:30PM – Closing reception: Tudor Room

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