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“Rethinking Legal Approaches to Terrorism and Mass Atrocity” Symposium March 26

April 9, 2007

Wayne State University Law School will host the first annual Edward Wise Memorial Endowed Symposium on “Rethinking Legal Approaches to Terrorism and Mass Atrocity” on Monday, March 26, 2007.

Three of the country's leading figures in international criminal law will examine the emerging legal responses to terrorism and mass atrocity. The panelists will consider how we should respond to acts that challenge many traditional assumptions of international law and state policy. Is the proper approach one of law enforcement or war-fighting?  What legal status should be accorded terrorists and independent contractors participating in armed conflicts? Should international law rank atrocity crimes? 

Kenneth Anderson of Washington College of Law at American University will present “After the Global War on Terror:  Counterterrorism Policy in a New Administration.”  Professor Anderson is an expert in international human rights; war and armed conflict; and terrorism and state terrorism.

Madeline Morris, professor of Law at Duke University, will speak on “The Fifth Column:  Terror, Crime, and War.”  She is currently the advisor to the chief defense counsel for the detainees at Guantanamo in their proceedings before U.S. military commissions.

Professor Steven Ratner of the University of Michigan Law School will discuss “Labeling Mass Atrocity:  Does and Should International Criminal Law Rank Evil?” His three books discuss UN peacekeeping; accountability for human rights atrocities; and international legal processes.

Professor Brad R. Roth of Wayne State University Law School will serve as commentator.

The Symposium will be held in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer Street, Detroit, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  A reception will follow.  The event is free and open to the public and parking is available in Structure #1 across from the Law School for $3.50.  For more information on this event, please contact Robin Dortenzio (313) 577-3934 or

The Symposium is named in memory of Edward M. Wise, a renowned scholar and professor of criminal law, comparative law, international criminal law, and legal history, who taught at the Law School from 1965 until his untimely death in 2000.

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