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The Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism: Detainees, Interrogations, and Military Commissions

"For as in absolute governments the King is law,
so in free countries the law ought to be king . . . .
— Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

The United States Constitution was founded on the Rule of Law. The Global War on Terrorism has tested the limits of our constitutional values and has posed unprecedented challenges for the U.S. legal system. Throughout these difficult times, the federal courts have been instrumental in upholding the Rule of Law.

The Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism Symposium was held Thursday, November 13, 2008 and Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University campus. The symposium was hosted by the Washburn University School of Law Center for Law and Government and the Washburn Law Journal. Speakers, panelists, and participants examined legal implications of governmental actions taken in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 and reevaluated and reassessed these complex issues to explore possible ways forward as our nation prepared for a new administration.

Symposium Video

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Setting the Conditions for the War on Terrorism

The U.S. Administration Responds: Detain and Interrogate

Friday, November 14, 2008

The U.S. Congress and Courts Respond: Detainee Treatment Act, Military Commissions, and Habeas Corpus

A New Administration: The Way Forward

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Washburn University School of Law thanks the following for their generous support.

Continental Breakfasts Courtesy:

Afternoon Break Refreshments Courtesy:

  • Whitney Damron, '87
  • Sunee Mickle, '06