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September 25, 2009

Human Rights Happy Hour: Lisa Hajjar to speak on “Does Torture Work?” Monday, September 28, 2009

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law will host Lisa Hajjar, who will present a lecture titled, “Does Torture Work?” on Monday, September 28, 2009, from 3:30–5:30 p.m., in the Jeffers Courtroom, TNH 3.140.

Lisa Hajjar is associate professor and department chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her main research interest is torture, along with war, conflict, and other forms of violence. She began her academic career studying the Israeli military court system in the West Bank and Gaza. Since 9/11, that background has provided Hajjar with good preparation to focus on the “war on terror.” She is currently writing a book that analyzes the roles that lawyers have played in contesting the “legalization” of torture by the Bush administration, and their ongoing efforts to delegitimize the odious practice again. Her subjects include military, human rights, and private practice lawyers who have been involved in representing detainees or bringing suits to challenge policies and practices that violate international and federal laws.

A .pdf of Hajjar’s paper, “Does Torture Work? A Socio-Legal Assessment of the Practice,” can be found on the Rapoport Center website.

More information on the Rapoport Center’s Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series, including upcoming speakers, can also be found on the Rapoport Center website.


Alia Hasan, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice,