Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hoover Institution-Washington College of Law Conference on Legislating the War on Terror

I'm pleased to announce a very small conference sponsored by the Hoover Institution and Washington College of Law, titled "Institutionalizing the War on Terror Through Legislation?" Come if you are in DC on Monday, April 10. Here is the program as it currently stands:

Institutionalizing the War on Terror Through Legislation?

Three Roundtable Discussions

Washington College of Law, American University
The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Monday, April 10, 2006

WCL Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC

The three roundtable discussions in this program raise the question of whether the war on terror can or should be pursued through the executive power of the president or instead should be institutionalized for the long term through congressional legislation. If the war on terror should be institutionalized through legislation, what standards should such legislation set in vital areas such as detention and interrogation, and the use of force? The program is deliberately framed as small roundtable discussions to allow for maximum exchange of ideas by panelists. The public and students are welcome to come and attend any or all of the panels. CLE credit applied for.

Program Schedule

8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00-9:15 Opening Comments – Kenneth Anderson.

9:15-10:30 Discussion 1: Executive Power versus Congressional Legislation in the War on Terror.

Daniel Marcus, moderator; Bradford Berenson; Amanda Frost; Jamin Raskin; David Rivkin; Ruth Wedgwood; Benjamin Wittes.

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:00 Discussion 2: Standards for Detention/ Rendition/ Interrogation/ Defining Torture.

Tod Lindberg, moderator; Kenneth Anderson; Lee Casey; Jennifer Daskal; Andrew McCarthy; Matthew Waxman; Ruth Wedgwood; Benjamin Wittes.

12:00-12:30 Buffet Lunch

12:30-1:45 Discussion 3: Standards for Use of Force Legally Short of War.

Kenneth Anderson, moderator; Lee Casey; Lee Feinstein; Andrew McCarthy; Laura Olson; Matthew Waxman.


Kenneth Anderson is a professor at Washington College of Law, American University and a research fellow of the Hoover Institution.

Bradford Berenson is a partner at Sidley & Austin, and from 2001-2003 was Associate Counsel to the President.

Lee Casey is a lawyer formerly with the Justice Department under the Reagan and first Bush administrations.

Jennifer Daskal is United States advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

Lee Feinstein is senior fellow for US foreign policy and international law with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Amanda Frost is a professor at Washington College of Law.

Tod Lindberg is editor of Policy Review and a research fellow of the Hoover Institution.

Daniel Marcus is a professor at Washington College of Law and served as counsel to the 9-11 Commission.

Andrew McCarthy is a senior fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Laura Olson is a legal advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Jamin Raskin is a professor at Washington College of Law.

David Rivkin is a lawyer formerly in the Justice Department under the Reagan and first Bush administrations.

Matthew Waxman is currently deputy director of the Office of Policy Planning, US State Department, and was formerly responsible for detainee affairs in the Department of Defense.

Ruth Wedgwood is a professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Benjamin Wittes is an editorial writer with the Washington Post.