Security and Human Rights Track

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Mailing Address

Conference Attendees are Welcome to Attend Any Panel on Any Track

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Thursday 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Room: Washington College of Law 401

The panel will discuss the Obama administration’s approach to domestic national security issues. This will include the state secrets doctrine, warrantless wiretapping, the prosecution of terror suspects and the status of Guantanamo.

Confirmed Speakers:

- Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy
- Elisa Massimino, CEO and President, Human Rights First
- Steve Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
- (MODERATOR) William LeoGrande, Dean, American University School of Public Affairs

RELEVANT ARTICLES:

- Samantha Power: Obama, Human Rights, and the Lessons of the New Diplomacy
- Establishing a New Normal: National Security, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Under the Obama Administration
- Report Card: Assessing the Obama Administration's Record of Compliance with the Rule of Law and Human Rights in National Security Policy

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONFLICT ZONES

Thursday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: Washington College of Law 602

This panel examines the potential role of business in supporting human rights in conflict zones and how commercial activity may or may not contribute to peace and stability.

Confirmed Speakers:

- Virginia Haufler, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
- Krista Hendry, Executive Director, Fund for Peace
- Shari Knoerzer, Director, Social Responsibility and Community Development, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
- Gary Motsek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Support, Department of Defense
- (MODERATOR) Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Scholar in Residence, American University School of International Service
- (MODERATOR) Heather Elms, Associate Professor, Department of International Business, American University Kogod School of Business

Relevant Articles:

- "Enabling Economics of Peace: Public Policy for Conflict-Sensitive Business" by Virginia Haufler and Karen Ballentine
- "Conflict-Sensitive Business Practice: Guidance for Extractive Industries" by International Alert"
- "Transnational Corporations in Conflict Prone Zones: Public Policy Responses and a Framework for Action" by Virginia Haufler, Damian Lilly and Jessica Banfield
- "Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry" by James Cockayne, Emily Speers Mears, iveta Cherneva, Alison Gurin, Sheila Oviedo and Dylan Yaeger
- "Private Security Contractors at War: Ending the Culture of Impunity" by Human Rights First

OTHER READINGS

ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PAST POLICIES AND PRACTICES

Thursday 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Room: Washington College of Law 401

This panel will examine the role of transitional justice as applied to policies and practices of past administrations, as well as how the prospect of future truth commissions, criminal prosecutions or investigative commissions could impact current policies.

Confirmed Speakers:

- Linda Gustitus, President, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
- David Tolbert, President, International Center for Transitional Justice
- Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
- (MODERATOR) Susan SaCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law

RELEVANT ARTICLES:

- Restore the Rule of Law
- Support Bush Torture Indictment & Help Ensure Accountability
- "The suppressed fact: Deaths by U.S. torture" by Glenn Greenwald
- CIA Reports on Interrogation Methods
- US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites

A GLOBAL “WAR ON TERROR?” AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, AND BEYOND

Friday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Room: School of International Service Founders Room

This panel will examine how the Obama administration views its engagement in fighting terror. It will discuss the question of whether the US is engaged in a global armed conflict, the framework for dealing with non-state actors such as Al Qaeda, targeted assassinations, the treatment of prisoners, and the impact on civilians.

Confirmed Speakers:

- John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
- Rosa Brooks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy, Department of Defense
- Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First
- Jamie Williamson, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
- (MODERATOR) Robert Goldman, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law