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- Charles D. Stimson, National Security Law Program Manager and Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation
This panel will address the ongoing debate regarding trying, convicting and punishing suspected terrorists. Should military tribunals be abandoned in favor of trying individuals in Article III courts? A mere seven individuals held in Guantanamo Bay have been tried and convicted by military commissions, while DOJ reports that more than 500 individuals have been convicted of terrorism related offenses. What has prevented the trial of suspected terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay? Should military commissions for suspected terrorists and other enemies be abandoned or do they serve a valuable function?
The University of Florida Student Chapter hosted this panel discussion during the 2014 Annual Student Symposium on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Panel 2: “DETAINED SUSPECTED TERRORISTS: TRY IN MILITARY COURTS OR CIVILIAN COURTS?”
1:45 – 3:30 p.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union
University of Florida Levin College of Law
The United States Government has consistently interpreted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other key treaties as not applying to its actions outside the U.S. It is in the process of explaining that interpretation to a United Nations monitoring panel, which disagrees. This process has potential implications for both the fight against terrorists and intelligence gathering. What should the U.S. position be?
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Warwick New York Hotel
New York NY
The immigration reform debate is a major discussion topic in Congress this year. The Senate has already outlined a bipartisan compromise to deal with border security, visas, and citizenship for the estimated 11 million currently residing in the U.S. While a larger debate on comprehensive reform is unfolding, there are smaller steps under consideration, like H.R. 435, The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2013. The experts on this previously recorded conference call discuss what this legislation seeks to accomplish and whether it will be a positive step forward in the ongoing immigration debate.