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Ní Aoláin and Gross to Provide Testimony on Restoring Rule of Law

SEPTEMBER 13, 2008—University of Minnesota Law School Professors Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Oren Gross will provide written testimony for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Sept. 16, 2008, as part of the Working Group on Detention Without Trial.

The hearing, led by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights, will address how to restore the rule of law to national security policy. The Working Group submitted a Statement of Principles to Senator Feingold and the Committee on Sept. 11.

Senator Feingold has invited professors, historians, advocates, and other experts to offer recommendations for the next president and the next Congress on reversing abuses of the previous administration and re-establishing the rule of law. Topics include detention policy, interrogation standards, violations of privacy, warrantless wiretapping, abuse of executive privilege, government secrecy, and the misleading of Congress.

The Working Group on Detention Without Trial is made up of invited members who are leading scholars in the fields of national security law and constitutional law. It is coordinated by the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Center for American Progress, and the National Litigation Clinic at Yale Law School.

Co-chairs of the Working Group are Professors Sarah H. Cleveland, Columbia Law School; Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law School; and Catherine Powell, Fordham University School of Law. The other members are Professors Martin Flaherty, Fordham University School of Law; Jenny S. Martinez, Stanford Law School; Martha L. Minow, Harvard Law School; Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University; and Stephen I. Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law.

A list of witnesses and a webcast of the hearing can be found at http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=3550.

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