University of Texas Law Professor Kristine A. Huskey, the former director of the National Security Clinic at the Law School, will discuss her new book, Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman’s Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights; the future of Guantanamo; and the current federal policy on preventive detention on Wednesday, October 21, 2009. The talk starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Sheffield Room.
The event—free and open to the public—is sponsored by the Law School’s Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the National Security Clinic, along with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Books are available for purchase at the Co-Op East.
Huskey will also discuss and sign her new book at BookPeople (603 N. Lamar Blvd.) in Austin on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 7 p.m.
Justice at Guantanamo (Lyons Press, June 2009) is a memoir, chronicling Huskey’s personal journey from a civil war in Africa, to bartending in New York City, and ultimately to the law where she found her calling, defending human rights, after practicing for several years at a law firm in Washington, D.C.
Huskey, a 1997 graduate of the Law School, began representing Guantanamo detainees in 2002 as one of few lawyers willing to challenge the government soon after 9/11. She worked on the seminal Rasul v. Bush case, in which the Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that the Guantanamo detainees had a right to habeas corpus, and represented Omar Khadr, a young Canadian charged with war crimes. Huskey has represented over fifteen detainees and visited Guantanamo numerous times. She has appeared on CNN, BBC, and C-Span and was featured in Marie Claire and the Texas Lawyer.
Huskey established the National Security and Human Rights Clinic (now the National Security Clinic) at UT Law in 2007 and has supervised clinic students on a variety of national security matters, including representing Guantanamo detainees and providing research in the landmark Boumediene v. Bush case. She teaches in the National Security Clinic and is a fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.
Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.