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"A Conversation with the Chief Prosecutor of United States Military Commissions" with Brigadier General Mark Martins

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Jerome Green Hall, Room 104

Martins will outline major provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2009--which reformed a system much criticized when established in 2001 by presidential order--and will address the due process protections, constitutional authority, established sources of law, narrowness of jurisdiction, oversight by United States federal civilian courts, compliance with international legal obligations, public trial requirements, and transparency measures that characterize the reformed military commissions.  Martins will also address continuing challenges to the reformed system's legitimacy, suggest what will be necessary to surmount perceptions of "victor's justice," and offer thoughts on the future of efforts to hold al Qaeda and associated forces accountable under law.

Initial remarks will be on the record and subject to no restrictions on republication.  Much of the time will be reserved for questions; while trial counsel are precluded from discussing specifics of ongoing prosecutions, queries of the speaker on broader questions are encouraged.  The Chatham House Rule will be in effect during the question and answer period to stimulate open discussion and the sharing of information.  Participants will thus be free to use the information received during the Q&A period but should reveal neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker, nor that of any other participant.