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Torture and International Law: Reflections on the "Bush Program"

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April 1, 2009 12:30pm - 1:45pm

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Scott Horton is a professor of law at Columbia Law School and a Contributing Editor to Harper's Magazine. His article, "Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration" was the cover story of Harper's Dec. 2008 issue. Horton is a New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. A life-long human rights advocate, he served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Prof. Horton will discuss the implications for international law of what John Yoo has termed "the Bush Program" of interrogating detainees.