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  • Parisa Fatehi
    Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served. Forward to anyone in the community. ... Guantanamo Bay: A Look Inside What: A Play Reading and Panel
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      Guantanamo Event this Thursday

      Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served.

      Forward to anyone in the community.

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      Guantanamo Bay: A Look Inside

      What: A Play Reading and Panel Discussion with Experts
      When: Thurs., April 6, at 5:30 p.m.
      Where: TNH 2.138, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX
      Who: The event is free and open to the public

      AUSTIN, Texas—Legal practitioners and experts, Kristine Huskey, Mark Denbeaux, and Derek Jinks, will discuss the legality of the detentions at Guantanamo Bay and the evidence against the detainees in an event sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the National Lawyers Guild.

      The event will open with a reading of selected scenes from the play, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, by students in Professor Barbara Harlow’s Literature and Social Justice course.  It will be followed by a reading of excerpts from two reports by students in Professor Karen Engle’s Protection of International Human Rights course.   The play, Guantanamo, was written by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo in Great Britain and released in 2004.  The report excerpts will come from the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Report, Situation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and Denbeaux’s Report on Guantanamo Detainees.

      Denbeaux, Huskey, and Jinks will participate in the panel discussion that follows. 

      Denbeaux is a professor of constitutional law and evidence at Seton Hall Law School in New York.  In 2006, he co-authored Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data, which determined that 55 percent of detainees are not accused of any hostile act toward the U.S. and only 8 percent are classified as "fighters."  Recently, Professor Denbeaux co-authored the Second Report on the Guantanamo Detainees: Inter- and Intra-Departmental Disagreements About Who Is Our Enemy.  Denbeaux is also counsel to two Guantanamo detainees. 

      Huskey is an attorney in the International Litigation and Arbitration practice group at the Washington office of Shearman & Sterling LLP.  She is an adjunct professor in the International Human Rights Clinic at the George Washington University Law School.  Since April 2002, Ms. Huskey has represented 12 Kuwaiti citizens detained at Guantanamo in Al-Odah v. United States, which won before the Supreme Court in June 2004.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.

      Jinks is the author of The Rules of War: The Geneva Conventions in the Age of Terror (forthcoming Oxford University Press 2006).  He joined the University of Texas School of Law faculty in the fall of 2005 and teaches public international law, international humanitarian law, and criminal law.  He also co-authored an amicus brief in the recent Supreme Court Case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

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