Extraordinary Rendition: The State Secrets about the War on Terror


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University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This symposium will address the legal propriety of extraordinary rendition, the alleged practice of transferring suspected terrorists to foreign governments where harsh interrogation methods can be used outside the reach of United States law. The discussion will focus on the policy implications of shielding information about these transfers through the states secret privilege, with a particular emphasis on the recent Fourth Circuit decision of Khaled El-Masri. Also, participants will reflect on the authority of international treaties, and the appropriate forum and applicable laws for citizens of foreign governments who bring suit against the CIA. Participants will also consider the local effects in light of recent allegations that private North Carolina companies are sponsoring some of these extraordinary rendition flights to foreign governments.

Introduction: Dean Jack Boger, UNC School of Law

Panel 1: Robert Chesney, Wake Forest University School of Law; Victor Hansen, New England School of Law; Aziz Huq, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU; Maria LaHood, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; John Radsan, William Mitchell College of Law; Mark Wesiburd (Moderator).

Keynote Address: Judge David Sentelle, D.C. Circuit

Panel 2: Laura Dickinson, University of Connecticut School of Law; Ingrid Detter Frankopan; Jumana Musa, Amnesty International; Mike Newton, Vanderbilt University Law School; Saule Omarova (Moderator); Margaret Satterthwaite, NYU School of Law.

CLE Credit Available

For registration via email or further information please email Courtney Harris at charris@email.unc.edu.

Organized by the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.

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