Monday, March 9, 2009

Guest speaker on Guantanamo

One of President Obama's first promises was to shut down Guantanamo Bay, but that does not mean that Americans should no longer talk about torture. For this reason, the student group Model UN/Society for International Affairs (MUN/SIA) in conjunction with the department of Religious Studies and the Center for Church/State Studies at DePaul's Law School invited Joseph Margulies to speak to students on Tues., March 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Courtelyou Commons.

Margulies is an attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center and a professor of Law at Northwestern University, and he will talk about his recent book entitled Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Powers. According to the event's Facebook group, Margulies was the lead counsel for the Rasul v. Bush trial, in which the Supreme Court awarded Guantanamo prisoners the right to judicial review.

Anyone who is interested in politics, human rights, and the complicated relationship between the two should think about attending this event!

Here is a video I found on YouTube of Margulies talking about his role in the first Guantanamo detainee's case:

If nothing else, the event will have free refreshments!

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