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The Strauss Center Presents "The Post-Guantanamo Era: A Dialogue on the Law and Policy of Detention and Counterterrorism"

AUSTIN, Texas-- Jan. 15, 2009-- What does the future hold for Guantanamo? The Obama administration faces many challenges, but few are more complicated and politically charged than the task of reforming the government's approach to military detention and the detainees of Guantanamo. The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law welcomes distinguished experts to discuss these questions in a panel titled "The Post-Guantanamo Era: A Dialogue on the Law and Policy of Detention and Counterterrorism" on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Connally Building.

Panelists include 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.