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ONU's Phi Beta Delta hosts debate on the law of war

Mar 22, 2011


Ohio Northern University’s Phi Beta Delta International Forum presents a debate between two law of war experts on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the College of Law’s Moot Court Room. The debate is titled "Civil Liberties, National Security Policy, and Targeted Killing in the War on Terror: Change Versus Continuity from Bush to Obama.”
The two experts are Michael W. Lewis, ONU associate professor of law, and Ben Wizner, litigation director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.
After serving in the United States Navy from 1987-95, where he flew F-14s in Operation Desert Shield, conducted strike planning for Desert Storm and enforced a no-fly zone over Iraq, Lewis earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Lewis now teaches international law classes as well as a law of war seminar at ONU’s Pettit College of Law. Using his expertise, Lewis has testified before Congress on the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and on the civil liberties tradeoffs associated with trying Al Qaeda members or terrorist suspects before military commissions. Lewis has written several articles and book chapters on the law of war and the war on terror and, recently, published a volume titled “The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective.” He has been invited to give a presentation on drones and targeted killings by the U.S. Pacific Command at the 24th annual International Military Operations and Law conference in Melbourne, Australia.
As the litigation director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, Wizner has litigated numerous cases involving post-Sept. 11 civil liberties violations, including lawsuits on behalf of torture victims, lawsuits challenging unlawful airport security policies, and a suit challenging the government’s authority to use lethal force against U.S. citizens without due process of law. He has written widely on issues relating to detention, military commissions and accountability for torture. Wizner appears regularly in the media as an expert and has testified before Congress. He also has traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission trials. Wizner is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Court.
The event is free and open to the public.
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