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March 9, 2009
1:08 PM

CONTACT: Constitution Project

Daniel Schuman 202-580-6922 

A Discussion of National Security Courts, Preventive Detention, and President Obama's Executive Orders

Experts to Explore Legal and Constitutional Issues Raised by Executive Orders on Detention and Guantanamo at Georgetown University Law Center on March 20

WASHINGTON - March 9 -
: The Constitution Project will co-host a panel of experts with a variety of perspectives who will discuss the legal and constitutional issues raised by President Obama's executive orders on detention and Guantanamo, including potential proposals for the establishment of a national security court and a preventive detention regime. Human Rights First and the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law will co-host the discussion, entitled "Bringing Detainees to Justice and Justice to Detainees:  Remaining Questions about Detention and Trials after the Executive Orders."


  • Moderator, Stephen Vladeck, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • David Laufman, Attorney, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia who has prosecuted terrorism cases
  • Deborah Pearlstein, Associate Research Scholar in Law and Public Affairs Program, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First
  • Matthew Waxman, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs under President George W. Bush

WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2009, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Discussion from noon until 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served immediately following the discussion.

WHERE: Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

RSVP: The event is free. Members of media RSVP to Daniel Schuman at All others RSVP to Please include your name, the number of attendees, and the words "National Security Courts Panel Discussion."

Background: For background information, please see the Constitution Project's report "A Critique of National Security Courts," which was authored by Stephen Vladeck. Contact our communications department to arrange interviews with our in-house experts or to speak with the panelists.

The Constitution Project is a politically independent think tank established in 1997 to promote and defend constitutional safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is available at


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