WCL Discussion of Torture Memos

WCL Discussion of Torture Memos

If you are going to be around the DC area this upcoming Tuesday morning, and are interested in the current discussion over the issues of the torture memos, my colleagues in the WCL program on law and government have organized a terrific program.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at Washington College of Law: “The Torture Memos: Lawyers, Ethics, and the Rule of Law,” and is meant as a general overview and framing of the current (and ongoing) legal, ethical, and moral controversy over the role of the Justice Department in the various episodes of torture and other mistreatment of detainees during the Bush Administration. The highlight of the program promises to be a keynote address from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI; a rising player on judiciary issues); but the program also includes a screening of Alliance for Justice’s new short film, Tortured Law, from 10:15 to 10:45; and a panel discussion/debate from 11-12:15 featuring Nan Aron from AFJ, Dan Levin (former Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel from 2004-05), David Luban, and Stuart Taylor (and moderated by Steve Vladeck).

Register at www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration/.  General Registration is free.   2 CLE ethics credits will be offered for $35. For further information please contact the Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education, Phone 202.274.4075 or secle@wcl.american.edu.

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Patrick S. O'Donnell

And law students or others fairly new to this subject or anyone wanting to better acquaint themselves with the relevant literature, could do worse than consult my compilation, “Torture: Moral, Legal and Political Dimensions–A Select Bibliography,” available here: http://ratiojuris.blogspot.com/2009/04/torture-moral-legal-political.html 

maggie
maggie

I am trying to find a compilation of *international* cases and sources relevant to attorney liability for client criminal conduct (such as torture).  Can anyone recommend such a compilation? Thank you for any assistance. 

Katie
Katie

For those not in the DC area, it seems that you can watch the 10-minute film from Alliance for Justice online: