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April 3, 2006

Press Contact:
Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, 512-471-7330.
Event Contact: Amber Pickett, UT Law Chapter, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, (713) 826-9903 (cell) or apickett@mail.utexas.edu.

Human Rights Experts Discuss the Legality of Detentions at Guantanamo Bay, April 6

What: A play reading and panel discussion
When: Thurs., April 6, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: TNH 2.138, UT School of Law (For directions go to: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/parking.html)
Who: The event is free and open to the public

AUSTIN, Texas — Legal experts Kristine Huskey, Mark Denbeaux, and Derek Jinks will discuss the legality of the prisoner detentions at Guantanamo Bay and the evidence against the detainees at The University of Texas School of Law on Thurs., April 6.

The event—titled “Guantanamo Bay: A Look Inside”—is sponsored by the UT Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Law School’s Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the UT Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

The event begins with a reading of selected scenes from the play Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom by students in UT Professor Barbara Harlow’s Literature and Social Justice course. The play, Guantanamo, was written by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo in Great Britain and released in 2004. Next, students in UT Law Professor Karen Engle’s Protection of International Human Rights course will read excerpts from two reports—the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Report, Situation of Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and Denbeaux’s Report on Guantanamo Detainees.

Following the play and reports readings, Denbeaux, Huskey, and Jinks will participate in a panel discussion.

Denbeaux is a professor of constitutional law and evidence at Seton Hall Law School in New York. In 2006, he co-authored Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data, which determined that 55 percent of detainees are not accused of any hostile act toward the United States and only 8 percent are classified as "fighters." Recently, Professor Denbeaux co-authored the Second Report on the Guantanamo Detainees: Inter- and Intra-Departmental Disagreements About Who Is Our Enemy. Denbeaux is also counsel to two Guantanamo detainees.

Huskey is an attorney in the International Litigation and Arbitration practice group at the Washington, D.C., office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. She is also an adjunct professor in the International Human Rights Clinic at the George Washington University Law School. Since April 2002, Huskey has participated in the successful representation of 12 Kuwaiti citizens detained at Guantanamo in Al-Odah v. United States. She is a 1997 graduate of UT Law.

Professor Jinks is the author of The Rules of War: The Geneva Conventions in the Age of Terror (forthcoming Oxford University Press 2006). He joined the UT School of Law faculty in the fall of 2005 and teaches public international law, international humanitarian law, and criminal law. He also co-authored an amicus brief in the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

Related Links:
About Prof. Derek Jinks: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/jinksdp/
American Constitution Society at UT Law: http://www.utexas.edu/law/orgs/acs/