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Wayne Law to host 'Guantanamo: Learning from the Past to Confront the Future,' March 9

March 01, 2010

DETROIT (March 1, 2010) – The Wayne State University Law School Program for International Legal Studies and the International Law Students Association are pleased to host "Guantanamo: Learning from the Past to Confront the Future" at 12:15 p.m. on March 9, 2010 in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

Part of the Program’s Winter 2010 Speaker Series, this event will feature Jonathan Hafetz, an attorney with the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The event will examine the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay and key components of the prior administration’s “war on terror" that are still in place, including indefinite detention without charge and the use of military commissions. The talk will provide an overview of key lessons learned from Guantanamo after nearly eight years of intensive battles in the courts and in Congress, and what those lessons teach us about the future of U.S. detention policy.

Hafetz has litigated numerous post-9/11 detention cases, including Al-Marri v. Spagone, a landmark challenge to the domestic military detention of a lawful resident alien. He is a co-editor of The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law, a collection of narratives by lawyers involved in Guantanamo detainee litigation published by NYU Press.

"Jon Hafetz is a recognized leader of the 'Guantanamo bar,' a group of courageous lawyers who have litigated every aspect of U.S. detention policy," said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the Program for International Legal Studies. "There is no one more qualified to assess the current state of the law and to explore how the Obama administration has addressed this still highly controversial set of issues.”

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact Holly Hughes at (313) 577-3620 or at hhughes@wayne.edu. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, please visit http://www.campusmap.wayne.edu/location/LAW. Parking is available in Structure #1 for $4.25 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street.

For more information on Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies, visit its Web site at http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/index.php.



Additional upcoming international events

"Restoring Faith in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Why Treaty Rules Matter"
April 6, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Distance Learning Room (2103), Wayne State University Law School
Deepti Choubrey, Carnegie Endowment for Peace in Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be served.

"The Prospects for a New International Agreement on Climate Change"
April 8, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School
Dan Bodansky, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia Law School
Lunch will be served.

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, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 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, 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

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