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After Gitmo: Obama Grapples with Preventive Detention, Nov. 11

November 02, 2009

Scott Horton, a New York attorney known for his path-breaking work on U.S detention and interrogation policy in the war on terror will give a lecture, “After Gitmo: Obama Grapples with Preventive Detention,” on Wed, Nov. 11, at 12:15 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer, Detroit. Lunch will be served. The lecture is presented by the Program for International Legal Studies.

A life-long human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region.

Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He recently completed a study of the accountability of private security contractors in the war on terror, published as Private Security Contractors at War, and appeared and testified five times before Congress on this and related subjects. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association. He is also Contributing Editor of Harper's Magazine and author of the No Comment blog on the magazine’s website.

Horton’s talk is part of the 2009-10 Speaker Series presented by Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies which brings prominent experts in the field to law school campus.

About the Program for International Legal Studies
International law cuts across all aspects of a Wayne State legal education. Fully one-third of Wayne Law’s tenured and tenure-track faculty teaches and writes on international subjects. Those faculty members enjoy world-wide reputations as innovative and prolific scholars, publishing on the most important issues of the day. Students can take classes on a remarkable range of international topics, from international commercial transactions to international environmental law to the use of military force and the protection of human rights. And study abroad programs give students a first-hand view of other nations’ legal systems and their approaches to legal education.

The Program for International Legal Studies is the focal point for all international activity at Wayne Law and a showcase for the faculty’s latest scholarship on international issues. The Program sponsors a conference and lecture series that brings scholars, policy-makers and practicing international lawyers to the Law School from across the country and around the world. A series of brown-bag lunches allow students the opportunity to discuss international issues in a more personalized setting with faculty members and attorneys from the community. A blog in which faculty members highlight and discuss current developments in international law will be hosted on our Web site.

Director Gregory Fox writes and teaches on international organizations, human rights and the international administration of territory. He has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg and Yale Law School. His many publications include Humanitarian Occupation and Democratic Governance and International Law, both published by Cambridge University Press.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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