Professor Rotunda to Deliver Vision Series Lecture on Enemy Combatants November 12
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the Vision Series on Monday, November 12, 8:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts (Fairfax Campus). Ronald Rotunda, GMU University Professor and Professor of Law will present "The Development of the Law Governing Detention of Enemy Combatants: Past, Present, and to Come". The War on Terror, more than other wars, involves lawyers. Indeed, detained enemy combatants are now using the U.S. courts to seek release. While there are relevant cases going back to the Civil War, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued major rulings in the last few years, which some suggest have dealt severe blows to the Administration's claims. However, a closer look at the case law indicates that the Court has only imposed fairly minor and reasonable restrictions on the military. For the most part, the Court has relied on interpreting statutes, not the Constitution, so Congress can change those statutes (and has done so). The Court has rejected some overly broad Administration claims, but those claims were not necessary to the Administration's arguments although they served to weaken its position.
A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, Rotunda clerked for Judge Walter R. Mansfield of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, practiced law in Washington, D.C., served as assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee and was the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.
A reception will follow the lecture.
For more information on the Vision Lecture series and to reserve tickets, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa/vision.
For directions to the Center for the Arts, see http://www.gmu.edu/cfa/directions.