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Panel: “Resistance to Torture Post-9/11 and Now"
WhenTuesday, Sep 26, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
Campus locationWilliam H. Gates Hall (LAW)
Campus roomRoom 133
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsUW Center for Human Rights
UW Law School's Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

Panel: “Resistance to Torture Post-9/11 and Now”
Tuesday September 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | LAW 133

The immediate occasion for this panel is a civil trial scheduled to take place in Spokane in September, in which three victims of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program” are suing the program’s primary architects, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. This is the first time that individuals responsible for designing and implementing the CIA torture program will be held accountable in a public trial. Learn more about the lawsuit on the ACLU's website at:
LISA HAJJAR: Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara, and a prominent socio-legal scholar whose work focuses on torture and legal resistance to torture.  Professor Hajjar’s publications include Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge, 2013). She is currently working on a book tentatively titled The War in Court: The Legal Campaign against US Torture in the “War on Terror”.

JOHN KIRIAKOU: a former CIA whistleblower who first made public that the CIA was using waterboarding. Mr. Kiriakou currently speaks and writes on a range of topics, including torture and whistleblower protection. He will be discussing dissenters in relation to torture from within the security agencies, the military, and other government bodies.

RON STIEF: Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Mr. Stief will discuss the importance of resistance from national human rights and faith-based organizations.

ROB CRAWFORD: Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington-Tacoma, and co-founder and facilitator of the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture. Professor Crawford will discuss grassroots resistance to torture.

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