The Road to Guantanamo: Executive Detention in the 21st Century


Kermit Roosevelt, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will deliver a Donahue Lecture at 4 p.m.Thursday, February 28, 2008, discussing "The Road to Guantanamo: Executive Detention in the 21st Century."

Before joining the Penn faculty in 2002, Roosevelt  was an associate with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Chicago, a law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a resident fellow with the Yale Law School Information Society Project.

Roosevelt is the author of several books, including The Myth of Judicial Activism; Conflict of Laws: Cases, Comments, Questions, with David Currie, Herma Hill Kay, and Larry Kramer; and the novel In the Shadow of the Law, which won the Philadelphia Athenaeum annual literary award in 2006.

He also has published numerous articles in law reviews, including “Constitutional Calcification: How the Law Becomes What the Court Does,” University of Virginia Law Review; “Guantanamo and the Conflict of Laws: Rasul and Beyond,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review; “Light From Dead Stars: The Procedural Adequate and Independent State Ground Reconsidered,” Columbia Law Review; and “The Myth of Choice of Law: Rethinking Conflicts,” Michigan Law Review.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

The Suffolk University Law Review sponsors the Donahue Lecture Series, which attracts prominent legal scholars who deliver a lecture at Suffolk University Law School that forms the basis for a lead article in the Law Review.

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