nationalsecuritylaw Upcoming event: Conference in Milan, Dec. 1-2, on national security, secrecy, and constitutional law

* IACL and Bocconi University present “Secrecy, National Security, and the Vindication of Constitutional Law” (Dec. 1-2, 20110) (Milan)

Going to be in Milan in early December, or looking for a reason to go?

The International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism


The Bocconi University – Angelo Sraffa Department of Law

invite you to a Conference:

Secrecy, National Security, and

the Vindication of Constitutional Law

at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, Dec. 1-2, 2011

In virtually every nation, assertions of the need for secrecy on matters of counterterrorism policy and practice have created tensions with efforts to ensure transparency, accountability and procedural fairness. Secrecy claims have grown only more insistent in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and in many other nations since. This workshop will address in a comparative frame the ways that various constitutional systems have sought to balance this tension between transparency and fairness on the one hand, and secrecy and security on the other.

Featured speakers include scholars, judges, and lawyers from twelve countries, among which Sir Stephen Sedley, Lord Justice (Ret.) of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales; Justice Lech Garlicki of the European Court of Human Rights, Gita Gutierrez, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights who has represented Guantanamo detainees; Murray Hunt, counsel to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights; and constitutional scholars Daphne Barak-Erez, David Cole, Kent Roach, Martin Scheinin, and Stephen Schulhofer. Panels will discuss the impact of secrecy on criminal trials, administrative proceedings (such as the designation of “terrorists” for terror financing prohibitions), detention hearings, and legislative process.

Attendance at the conference is free and open to the public, but you must register at:

A full programme for the conference is available at:

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Program WS Bocconi.pdf

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