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Wayne Law welcomes Mark Denbeaux for lecture on terrorism suspect rights

September 21, 2010

DETROIT (Sept. 21, 2010) — The Wayne State University Law School Program for International Legal Studies and the International Law Students Association are pleased to host a lecture by Mark Denbeaux, professor and director of the Seton Hall Law School Center for Policy and Research, at 12:15-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2010, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. Denbeaux’s lecture is titled Miranda rights for terrorism suspects?

"Mark Denbeaux is one of the nation's leading commentators on the detention and treatment of terrorism suspects," said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the Program for International Legal Studies. "The question of whether those suspects should be given all the rights normally accorded criminal defendants – most importantly Miranda warnings – is one of the most volatile issues in debate over the treatment of terrorism detainees."

The Seton Hall Law School professor is perhaps best known for co-authoring an internationally recognized series of reports on the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The series began with the "Report on Guantanamo detainees: A profile of 517 detainees through analysis of Department of Defense data," which has been followed by four additional studies since 2006. The reports refute many government claims about the detainees, revealing, for example, that 92 percent of the original prisoners had not been al-Qaida fighters and only 5 percent had been captured by the United States. Denbeaux has also represented several detainees in habeas corpus proceedings before federal courts.

Denbeaux previously served as a senior litigation attorney for Community Action for Legal Services of New York City, and also has chaired the Board of New York City Legal Services Program. He has served on the Seton Hall faculty since 1972.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $4.25 in Structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street in Detroit. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, visit campusmap.wayne.edu/location/LAW.

For more information regarding the event or the Program for International Legal Studies, visit Wayne Law at law.wayne.edu/international-studies or contact Fox at gfox@Wayne.edu.

Additional upcoming international events:

Wednesday, Oct. 13
“The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia”

Jeffrey Pryce, an attorney with Steptoe and Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Nov. 3
"The new crime of aggression before the International Criminal Court"

Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School

Find more information about these events at http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/events.php.

Program for International Legal Studies
Wayne Law created the Program for International Legal Studies in recognition of the breadth of the faculty’s international engagements and expertise and the fact that nearly all aspects of law now have an international component. From regulation of cross-border financial transactions to controlling pollution that recognizes no boundaries to human rights treaties that regulate how governments treat their citizens, law is now an interconnected global phenomenon.

The program coordinates all activities at Wayne Law related to international law. These activities include hosting the Speaker Series, sponsoring conferences and symposia featuring leading international scholars and practitioners, promoting research on international and comparative law topics, and providing important resources for Wayne Law students, alumni and friends interested in international law.   

The program capitalizes on the Law School’s world-renowned faculty members, who teach and write on a wide variety of international legal issues.

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