A Legislative Framework for the War on Terror?

April 10

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

As the anniversary of September 11 reaches its fifth year and the second Bush administration winds to a close, the question of the war on terror becomes an important legal and political debate for the United States. In the wake of scandals and debates over abuses, detainees, the status of the laws of war and international law in the war on terror, and numerous related issues, many have called for legislative solutions, rather than essentially the exercise of executive power that has been pursued by the Bush administration. This meeting will consider possible legislative frameworks for the war on terror, including addressing questions of detention, judicial review of detention, torture and abuse, interrogation practice, the role of international law in U.S. security legislation, and related issues. It seeks to articulate appropriate balances between security, civil liberties, and human rights, and to determine to what extent and in what way those judgments should be reflected in US congressional legislation.

Cosponsored by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Contact: Kenneth Anderson, kanders@wcl.american.edu