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January 9, 2009

The Post-Guantanamo Era: A Dialogue on the Law and Policy of Detention and Counterterrorism, January 28, 2009

A Panel Discussion with John Bellinger, Benjamin Wittes, and Steven Vladeck
January 28, 2009 from 5:30–7:00 pm, Eidman Courtroom, Connally Center for Justice

What does the future hold for Guantanamo? The Obama administration faces many challenges, but few that are more complicated and politically-freighted than the task of reforming the government’s approach to military detention in general and the Guantanamo detainees in particular. The Strauss Center has arranged for a panel of distinguished experts to discuss these questions: John Bellinger, who served as Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State and to the National Security Council during the Bush Administration; Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institute, author of the book Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in Age of Terror, and Steven Vladeck, professor of law at American University and co-author of a brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan.

Professor Bobby Chesney, a Strauss Center fellow and visiting professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, will lead the guests in a moderated discussion of the legal and policy issues raised by Guantanamo. Time will be reserved to ensure the audience has an opportunity to join the conversation as well.

The panel will speak from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Eidman Courtroom at the School of Law. The discussion will be recorded and webcast from the Law School’s website a few days after the event.

There will be a reception afterward in the Jamail Pavilion, from 7:00 until 7:30. All are welcome.

Related link:

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law


Debbie Van Loan, Strauss Center, (512) 232-4019,

Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, (512) 471-7330, or