The Role of Military Commissions in the Global War on Terrorism

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March 7, 2006 Speaker: Colonel Morris D. Davis, USAF, Chief Prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions (OMC) Presented by: Institute for Global Security Law and Policy The talk given by Col. Davis will be the first time a representative of the Office of Military Commissions has spoken publicly about the role of the OMC in the war on terror. At the OMC, Col. Davis leads a team of legal experts from all branches of the military and the Department of Justice. He is responsible for the prosecution of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who the President determines are subject to the President's Military Order of November 13, 2001. Col. Davis has been an Air Force judge advocate for more than 22 years including a tour in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. • Military commissions defined • Their use throughout U.S. history • Rules of practice and procedure before military commissions • Current status and challenges to their use • The road ahead, from the chief prosecutor's perspective

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Center: International Law / Global Security

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Military Commissions; military tribunals; international criminal law; international criminal procedure; customary international law; human rights; War on Terrorism; military commissions and the war on terrorism; counterterrorism; counterterrorism and military commissions


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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