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May 13, 2010

IABANY Presents Roundtable Discussion on The Rule of Law in the Age of Terror - May 27, 2010; Two Free CLE Credits

Reconciling the protection of fundamental democratic liberties with the necessity of combating terrorism is a relatively new challenge to the United States.  Not so to many democratic countries that have had long struggles against terrorism.  Countries like Ireland, Britain and Israel have faced the powerful temptation – and in some cases, imperative - to compromise the rule of law and civil liberties when confronting terrorism.
As U.S. courts and criminal justice agencies grapple with the threat of domestic terrorism, this is an especially appropriate time for a dialogue on the delicate and symbiotic balance between fighting terrorism and protecting constitutional liberties.  The Irish, with their experience in addressing terrorism within the framework of a constitutional democracy, have much to add to this debate.  

This program, presented by the Irish American Bar Association of New York, in association with Fordham Law School, and organized by the undersigned and Janet Walsh, Esq., will focus on what the United States can learn from other countries’ legal responses to terrorism, with a particular emphasis on the Irish experience.  Join us for a fascinating discussion with academic experts who have studied this issue in depth, Benton Campbell, former Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who addresses these issues on a daily basis in actual investigations and prosecutions, and the Hon. Brian M. Cogan, who will moderate the discussion.  

When:   May 27, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (reception to follow)
Where:  Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, Room 430
Panel:    Prof. Deborah Pearlstein (Princton University);
             Prof. Martin Flaherty (Fordham Law School);
             Prof. Arie Perliger (Stony Brook University/West Point);
             Aisling Reidy (Human Rights Watch; former director of the ICCL);
             Benton Campbell (former U.S. Attorney for the E.D.N.Y.)
Moderator:  Hon. Brian M. Cogan (U.S. District Judge, E.D.N.Y.)

This event is free and attendees earn two professional practice CLE credits

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