October 21, 2011 10:08 Age: 3 yrs

Emory Law Hosts Guantanamo Film Screening and Expert Panel, Nov. 3

Emory Law’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic and International Law Society will host a screening of the Academy-Award nominated film The Response at 7 p.m.  Thursday, Nov. 3, followed by a panel discussion with former military prosecutors and international humanitarian law experts. The event is free and open to the public.

The 30-minute film is a dramatization based on transcripts of Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. One of 10 semifinalists for the 2010 Short Live Action Film Academy Award, it centers on the trial of a Middle Eastern detainee and three military judges weighing his case. They must decide whether he is guilty of providing support to Al Qaeda and responsible for the deaths of several American soldiers. The detainee maintains he is an innocent victim of circumstance.

A discussion on international humanitarian law and national security issues will follow the film. Panelists are:
•    Adm. Donald Guter, president and dean of South Texas College of Law, and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
•    John Chandler, habeas counsel for detainees and partner at King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta
•    Geoffrey Corn, professor at South Texas College of Law, and retired U.S. Army Colonel, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

The film stars Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show, Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek: Voyager and Peter Reigert of Animal House and The Sopranos.

A reception follows the panel discussion. For more information, contact Anand Shah, president of the International Law Society at anand.shah(at)emory.edu.

Related links:

The Response official site

Emory Law’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic


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