Conference Examines State and Regional Role in Extraordinary Rendition

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On April 8, 9 and 10, 2010, the UNC School of Law Immigration Human Rights Policy Clinic is co-hosting "Weaving a Net of Accountability: Taking on Extraordinary Rendition at the State and Regional Level" with North Carolina Stop Torture Now, a statewide anti-torture coalition, and the International Human Rights Law Society at Duke University Law School. The conference will run from 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., April 8 to 5 p.m. on Sat., April 10 in the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, as lunch will be provided.

Three third-year UNC School of Law students will be presenting at the conference: Paula Kweskin, the notes and comment editor of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation; Taiyyaba Qureshi, author of "State of Emergency: General Pervez Musharraf's Executive Assault on Judicial Independence in Pakistan," an article slated for publication in the upcoming edition of the journal; and Marianne Twu, articles editor of the journal. They are all students in the Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic.

Extraordinary rendition refers to the practice of detaining prisoners and transporting them to other countries. The conference seeks to establish the ways in which North Carolina may have participated in or supported extraordinary rendition, to build an alliance of concerned organizations that desire greater accountability for extraordinary rendition events, and to prevent the use of state or local infrastructure, such as airports, for the purposes of extraordinary rendition. Speakers include:

  • Bisher al-Rawi, a Iraqi citizen who became a U.K. citizen in the 1980s and who survived extraordinary rendition in 2002
  • Scott Horton, a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine and author of the blog "No Comment"
  • Cynthia Brown, commissioner on the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Cristina Cowger, facilitator of North Carolina Stop Torture Now
  • Stephen Edelstein, a North Carolina civil rights and employment lawyer with Edelstein & Payne
  • Julia Hall, a counter terrorism researcher with Amnesty International
  • Edward Horgan, former officer with the Irish Defence Forces and a United Nations Peacekeeper
  • Lisa Magarrell, senior associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Margaret Satterthwaite, co-director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the NYU School of Law and author of "Rendered Meaningless: Extraordinary Rendition and the Rule of Law," published in the George Washington Law Review
  • Gavin Simpson, a human rights attorney who served as lead investigator for Senator Dick Marty of the Council of Europe and consultant to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions of Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Stephen Soldz, president-elect of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
  • Stephen Watt, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program

For more information about the conference or to register, call 919.668.6511.

-March 22, 2010

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