Skip Course Information

Course Information

Instructor Info:Melissa Hoffer
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108
Description: This seminar will track the case of Boumediene v. Bush from the filing of the initial writ of habeas corpus to the Supreme Court's decision. The course will explore the anatomy of a constitutional/human rights litigation in uncharted legal waters, including the conflict over the correct legal frameworks to apply-law of war, international human rights law, U.S. criminal law. The course will also review the use of torture at Guantanamo and the practices that were then exported to Abu Ghraib. You will learn the history of the Guantanamo prison camp; the advocacy strategies employed by lawyers representing the detainees; the legal theories advanced on behalf of the detainees to challenge indefinite imprisonment without charge and those proffered by the Department of Justice to justify the detentions; the legal procedures the U.S. put in place (combatant status review tribunals, military commissions); and Congress's efforts to remove habeas protections.