Lessons Learned from Gitmo

Scott Horton, Law Professor, Columbia Law School; Contributing Editor, Harper's Magazine

Date: 
Thu, 12/03/2009
Location: 
By invitation only.
Audience: 
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA (and Woodrow Wilson graduate) students to the third dinner in this year's series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers, where our guest will be Scott Horton, lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School and contributing editor of Harpers Magazine. Professor Horton returns to Princeton to share his the results of his latest investigation on developments concerning United States efforts to close Guantánamo, to end torture and abusive prisoner treatment, and to reform the Bush Administration practices in the “War on Terror.”  Horton is one of the most knowledgeable people in America on issues of law, policy, and politics of what will become a closely studied chapter of American history.

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at jrivkin@princeton.edu.

Scott Horton is a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine where he writes the “No Comment” column on legal and national security issues. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a cofounder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He most recently authored “Private Security Contractors at War,” a study of the legal accountability regime governing private security contractors in the "war on terror," and he appeared and testified five times before Congress on related subjects. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the Eurasia Group and the American Branch of the International Law Association.