Distinguished Panel Explores What to Do with Alleged Terrorists

With the treatment of detainees and terrorism suspects in the wake of September 11 and the Iraq War under scrutiny by Congress and the courts, Seattle University School of Law will hold a forum to ask, “What Is to Be Done with “Terrorists”?

A panel of experts, approaching the subject from all points of view, will answer questions such as “How do we decide who are “terrorists?”, “What do we do with them while we’re deciding?” and “How much ‘process’ are they “due”? The seminar runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, February 29, at Pigott Hall on the Seattle University campus.

Despite disagreements over how to act, there is widespread agreement that there must be a Constitutionally valid and practical system to identify alleged terrorists under both domestic and international law.

This session will address the implications of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and military judges related to the Bush Administration’s detention policies for persons alleged to be terrorists and the status of Guantánamo detainees. Speakers will cover topics relating to the Military Commissions Act and policy considerations, including the government’s efforts to obtain information it wants, the need to protect national security and the desire to protect human rights.

Speakers include:

  • Major General John D. Altenburg, Jr. (USA ret.), former head of the military commissions
  • Robert C. Boruchowitz, Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
  • Hon. John C. Coughenour, Federal District Judge, Western District of Washington
  • J. Wells Dixon, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • David R. East, McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helbren PLLC
  • Professor Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Law School
  • Sandra Hodgkinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs
  • Hon. Robert S. Lasnik, Chief Judge, Western District of Washington
  • John McKay, Professor from Practice, Seattle University School of Law
  • Joe McMillan, Perkins Coie
  • Norman Printer, Legal Writing Professor, Seattle University School of Law, formerly Associate Deputy General Counsel, Department of Defense
  • Kyndra Rotunda, Major, JAG, U.S. Army Reserves; author: Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials (Carolina Academic Press; Spring 2008)
  • Harry S. Schneider, Perkins Coie
  • Gwynne Skinner, Visiting Clinical Professor, International Human Rights Law Clinic, Seattle University School of Law
  • Charles D. Swift, Visiting Associate Professor and Acting Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory Law School
  • Jon R. Zulauf, Zulauf and Chambliss

For more information and registration, go to What is to be Done with "Terrorists"?.

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