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Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher to discuss civil liberties concerns in the wake of terror attacks

Former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher will serve on a Stanford Law School panel titled "War, Peace, and Civil Liberties: American Constitutionalism in the Wake of Terror," from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on campus. Journalists planning to attend are asked to contact Linly Harris at (650) 723-2232 or


Peter N. Bouckaert '97, Senior Emergencies Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Hon. Warren Christopher '49, Senior Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and former U.S. Secretary of State

Hon. Richard L. Morningstar '70, Herman Phleger Visiting Professor, and former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union


Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (AM '96, PhD '00,) assistant professor of Law, and former senior adviser to the under secretary of the Treasury, Enforcement Division


The events and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, have challenged core aspects of American constitutional culture and identity. American constitutionalism has traditionally adhered to rules of governmental restraint, particularly in the areas of freedom of speech and association, privacy, and due process. Historically, however, Congress and the courts have given exceptional deference to executive action in times of war or national security emergencies. Do we have one constitution for peacetime and another for national emergencies, or one continuous constitution? Should we give up some privacy to gain greater protection against terrorism? Should we convene military commissions to try suspected terrorists? This panel discussion will explore these questions and address the constitutional, human rights, national security, and foreign policy implications of the nation's response to terrorism.



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