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After Guantanamo Bay: Perspectives on the War on Terror

14 January 2010

WILT conference held by the University of Westminster, The School of Law, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London. W1B 2UW on Friday 22nd January 2010 from 9.30am - 5.00pm. Attendance is free, but places are limited. RSVP to Dr. Emma Mc Clean ( email:  [email protected] )

The one-day conference marks the first anniversary of the order to close Guantanamo Bay and seeks to re-evaluate international, regional and national responses to terrorism in order to assess the question of how to address international terrorism. In particular the conference aims to examine the legacy of Guantanamo Bay from legal and political perspectives and to discuss the future direction(s) of the war on terror. This includes topics such as the nexus between human rights and security, the use of emergency powers and the rule of law, accountability for treatment of detainees and rendition and other issues related to the theme of the conference, e.g. what role, if any, does law have in the war on terror? If so, what law applies? If not, does the war on terror represent a separation of law and politics? 


We are pleased to welcome Clare Algar, Executive Director of Reprieve (, Carla Ferstman, Director of Redress ( and Jamil Dakwar, Human Rights Director of the American Civil Liberties Union ( as plenary speakers. There are three panels addressing the theme of the conference: ‘International Law and the ‘War on Terror’: Application and implications’; ‘Assessing the Legacy of Guantanamo Bay’ and ‘The ‘War on Terror’: Domestic and regional implications’.

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