AG Holder’s Letter to Senator McConnel et al concerning Abdulmutallab

February 3, 2010

* AG Holder’s Letter to Senator McConnell et al concerning Abdulmutallab (Feb. 3, 2010)

A very interesting document released by DOJ today: a response by AG Holder to a request for information from a group of senators concerning the detention and interrogation of Abdulmutallab.  The document (5 pages) is posted here.

Key excerpts (highlights added):

In the days following December 25 – including during a meeting with the President and other senior members of his national security team on January 5 – high-level discussions ensued within the Administration in which the possibility of detaining Mr. Abdulmutallab under the law of war was explicitly discussed. No agency supported the use of law of war detention for Abdulmutallab, and no agency has since advised the Department of Justice that an alternative course of action should have been, or should now be, pursued. Read the rest of this entry »


audio for the January 25th “Mind the Gap” IHL presentation

February 3, 2010

I posted about this event last week. The audio is now available:

1.     Mind the Gap: International Human Rights Law and the Law of Armed Conflict?

Event Information
Monday, January 25 2010 / 2:30 pm
Tillar House – 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Event Link

Professors Gabriella Blum and Geoffrey Corn have both recently published provocative articles that stake out quite different positions over the legal uncertainties posed by the applicability of human rights standards to situations where the law of war is applied. To what extent are human rights standards applicable in armed conflicts and in how far is the jurisprudence of regional human rights courts pertinent? For example, does human rights law preclude combatants in war from killing each other’s soldiers, regardless of their role, function, or degree of threat?

For audio of this event, please click here.