Jonathan Hafetz, LAPA Fellow; Seton Hall Law School

A Problem of Standards?: Another Perspective on Secret Law

Mon, 04/27/2015
301 Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor at Seton Hall Law School.  The commentator is Deborah Pearlstein, Assistant Professor of Law at the Cardozo School of Law.

LAPA’s seminar format assumes that seminar participants have familiarized themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.

Jonathan Hafetz is an Associate Professor at Seton Hall Law School. He is a nationally recognized expert on national security and human rights issues. His research focusses on constitutional, criminal, and international law. He is the author of Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System (NYU Press 2011), which received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts, Honorable Mention, and the American Society of Legal Writers, Scribes Silver Medal Award. He is the co-editor (with Mark Denbeaux) of The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law (NYU Press 2009). Prior to joining Seton Hall, Professor Hafetz was a senior attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, a litigation director at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, and a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, P.C. Professor Hafetz has litigated numerous cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals, including Al-Marri v. Spagone, Boumediene v. Bush, Munaf v. Geren, and Rasul v. Rumsfeld, and authored or co-authored amicus curiae briefs on a range of issues. Professor Hafetz earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School, an M. Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University and a B.A. from Amherst College. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship from the U.S. Government for study in Mexico. Professor Hafetz served as a law clerk to Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. At Princeton, his research project will examine the role of courts in addressing changes in national security law and policy since 9/11.

Deborah Pearlstein joined the Cardozo faculty in 2011 following her tenure in the Law and Public Affairs Program at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.  Her research focuses on national security law and the separation of powers, and her work has appeared widely in law journals and the popular press, most recently including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Michigan Law Review, the University of Texas Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, as well as in Slate, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. A leading national voice on law and counterterrorism, Pearlstein has repeatedly testified before Congress on topics from military commissions to detainee treatment, and in 2009 was appointed to the ABA's Advisory Committee on Law and National Security.  Before embarking on a career in law, Pearlstein served in the White House from 1993-1995 as a Senior Editor and Speechwriter for President Clinton.  A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Pearlstein clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.