On September 11, the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, two dozen leading experts will debate the most important and timely issues now facing the United States in its war against terrorism.
The day-long conference, presented in a unique cross-fire format, will be held at Case Western Reserve University School of Law:
Four Roundtables on Reconciling National Security and the Rule of Law
The discussions will occur from 8:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom (A59) at 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland. The conference is free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available.
Questions of international significance have dominated headlines since President Barack Obama signed an executive order in January banning torture and calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba within a year:
According to the conference organizer, Law Professor Michael Scharf, "We have assembled the world’s foremost experts to debate these questions."
Speakers include General John Altenburg (former Convening Authority for the Military Commissions); Col. Morris Davis (former Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions); Matthew Waxman (former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs); Commander Glen Sulmasy (author of National Security Court System); Nicholas Rostow (former Chief Counsel of the NSC and member of the new Obama Task Force on Guantanamo Bay); Stahanie Farrior (former Chief Counsel of Amnesty International); Laura Olson (former Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross); Devon Chaffee (Advocacy Counsel of Human Rights First); Marieke Wierda (International Center for Transnational Justice); and Kai Ambos (German Professor and Judge). The complete lineup appears below.
"Given its timeliness and the level of expertise we’ve assembled," says Scharf, "this event has an unparalleled potential to educate the public, re-shape the national debate, and influence U.S. policy on this incredibly important issue."
8:30 a.m. Introduction: Professor Michael P. Scharf, director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
8:45-9:30 a.m. Opening Lecture: General John D. Altenburg, Jr., Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig; former Convening Authority, Military Commissions
Moderator: Professor Robert Strassfeld, director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Moderator: Professor Michael J. Kelly, Associate Dean, Creighton University
Moderator: Professor Lewis Katz, director, LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Moderator: Daniel Moulthrop, Producer/Host, National Public Radio, Cleveland, WCPN 90.3FM
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.