For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Daniel Schuman 202-580-6922 

Preventive Detention and Prosecution in the Post-Guantanamo Era

Experts to Explore Remaining Questions about Detention and Trials after Obama's Executive Orders at Forum at Georgetown University Law Center on March 20

Constitution Project will co-host a panel of experts with a broad spectrum of
views who will discuss the legal and constitutional issues raised by President
Obama's executive orders on detention and terrorism prosecutions, including potential
proposals for establishing a national security court and a preventive detention
regime. Human Rights First and the Georgetown
Center on National
Security and the Law will also co-host the discussion, entitled "Bringing
Detainees to Justice and Justice to Detainees: 
Remaining Questions about Detention and Trials after Obama's Executive
Orders." Policy-makers from the Congress, the executive branch, and the
intelligence community will be in attendance.



  • Moderator,
    Stephen Vladeck, Associate Professor of Law, American University
    Washington College
    of Law
  • David
    Laufman, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern
    District of Virginia who has prosecuted terrorism cases; currently attorney,
    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • 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, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee
    Affairs under President George W. Bush; currently Associate Professor of
    Law, Columbia Law School

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 drafted by Stephen Vladeck for the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee. Contact our
communications department to arrange interviews with our in-house experts or to
speak with the panelists.


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