Law School panel to discuss Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo prisoners


Three Notre Dame legal scholars will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, at5 p.m.Thursday (Sept. 21) in Room 121 of theNotre DameLawSchool.

Patricia Bellia, Lilly Endowment Associate Professor of Law; Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law; and Mary Ellen OConnell, Robin and Marion Short Professor of Law will discuss the implications of the June 29 Supreme Court ruling which rejected the Bush administrations argument that Al Qaeda suspects wereunlawful combatantsnot entitled to the protections extended by the Geneva Convention and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The decision concerns the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a citizen ofYemenwho served as a driver for Osama bin Laden before being captured during the invasion ofAfghanistanand detained by theUnited Statesat the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base inCuba.

The Hamdan ruling could affect the status of other detainees atGuantanamoand other facilities and could have profound implications for future assertions of executive power.

The discussion, which is co-sponsored by theNotre DameLawSchools Federalist Society, American Constitution Society, International Human Rights Society, International Law Society, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, is free and open to the public.

* Contact: * _Carol Jambor-Smith, director of external relations for theNotre DameLawSchoolat574-631-6891 or

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