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  • Cory Booker and John Lewis Testify Against Jeff Sessions AG Nomination
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    Attorney General Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

    Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Representative John Lewis (D-GA), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) were among the witnesses on day two of a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing…

  • 201516 Supreme Court Term Preview
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    Supreme Court 2015 Term Preview

    Legal experts previewed some of the major cases expected to come before the U.S. Supreme Court during the term starting October 5, 2015. The cases discussed included: redistricting, abortion across states,…

  • Discussion on Cyber Crime and the Fourth Amendment
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    Cybercrime and the Fourth Amendment

    Panelists talked about cyber information and the Fourth Amendment. Topics included questions such as the protections for e-mails. Judge Posner participated by video conference. “The Future of the Fourth Amendment”…

  • Human Rights Law
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    Human Rights

    An international panel discussed human rights law, how human rights are enforced in different countries, and how the rule of law itself becomes part of a culture over time. They also discussed the contributions of…

  • Hearing FISA Overhaul
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    Government Surveillance Programs

    Legal experts testified on U.S. surveillance programs and techniques in relation to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Members of the committee expressed concern that there was no…

  • Ethics of Drone Warfare
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    Ethics of Drone Warfare

    Scholars talked about the ethics of drone warfare. The program began with an exchange between Vickie Langohr and Avery Plaw on the definition of drones and the history of their use.…

  • Preview of Supreme Court Health Care Oral Arguments on Severability
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    Preview of Supreme Court Health Care Oral Arguments on Severability

    David Cole talked about severability in relation to a Supreme Court case concerning the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision. “Severability” refers to what a court should do…

  • Guantanamo Bay Detainees
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    Guantanamo Bay Detainees

    David Cole talked about indefinite detention under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama. Topics included the cost of detaining individuals in Guantanamo Bay, the number of detainees still…

  • emAl Haramain Islamic Foundation v Treasury Departmentem Oral Arguments
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    Al Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Treasury Department Oral Arguments

    Federal judges heard arguments in Al Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Treasury Department. The case involves an Oregon-based organization’s challenge to its designation as a terrorist group.…

  • Presidents and the Constitution
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    Presidents and the Constitution

    Walter Dellinger moderated a panel of legal scholars who talked about the issue of presidential obligation to follow the law. Among the topics of discussion were the role of the Justice…

  • emThe Torture Memosem
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    The Torture Memos

    David Cole talked about the book he edited, The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (New Press; September 1, 2009). In his book he collects the memos released by the Justice Department on…

  • emArar v Ashcroftem Oral Arguments
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    Arar v. Ashcroft Oral Arguments

    Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Arar v. Ashcroft. All 12 appeals judges sat in an en banc session to hear the appeal to the 2 to 1 ruling in June 2008 by a Second Circuit…

  • New International Conflict Law
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    New International Conflict Law

    Panelists talked about applications of international law in the 21st century. Among the topics they addressed were the laws of armed conflict, challenges to traditional concepts of warfare…

  • emLess Safe Less Freeem
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    Less Safe, Less Free

    David Cole talked about the book he co-wrote with Jules Lobel, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, published by New Press. In his book, Professor Cole argues that,…

  • Torture and Interrogation Tactics
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    Torture and Interrogation Tactics

    Two House subcommittees held a joint hearing on “Rendition to Torture: The Case of Maher Arar.” Testifying by remote connection, Mr. Arar, a Canadian, described being detained at JFK…

  • Detainee Rights
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    Detainee Rights

    Professor David Cole of the Georgetown University Law Center talked about how Congress should respond to the issue of detainee rights in the light of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan v. Rumsfeld…

  • Combating Terrorism
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    Combating Terrorism

    Following Attorney General Gonzales' defense of domestic surveillance programs by the Bush administration in efforts to combat terrorism, legal scholars talked to students about the remarks…

  • Electronic Surveillance
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    Electronic Surveillance

    Professor Cole speaks about electronic surveillance. He argues that President Bush abused his constitutional authority to acquire foreign intelligence in certain cases without permission…

  • Future of the Geneva Conventions
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    Future of the Geneva Conventions

    A panel discussion, titled “Detention and Interrogation of Captured Enemies: Do Law and National Security Clash,” was held on the future of the Geneva Conventions and international norms as…

  • Torture and Interrogations
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    Torture and Interrogations

    David Cole spoke about the use of torture by U.S. in the interrogation of terrorists. He discussed his support for the McCain amendment banning torture. The guest also responded to…

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