Guantanamo Forever: United States Sovereignty and the Unending State of Exception
Mary Anne Franks
University of Miami School of Law
Harvard Law and Policy Review, Vol. 1, p. 259, 2007
This book review essay considers the Guantanamo Bay detention facility both before and after it became the focus of international attention. Brandt Goldstein's 'Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President - and Won' is a vivid account of the experience of Haitian refugees who were detained at Guantanamo in 1991. The review maintains that Guantanamo was then and continues to be a no-man's land, where individuals are detained by US force and yet not protected by US laws. The essay suggests that Guantanamo is in danger of becoming a site of unending exception, where sovereign power is allowed to determine indefinitely not only the law, but what lies outside the law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Guantanamo, terrorism, unlawful combatant, sovereignty, Carl Schmitt, Giorgio Agamben, tortureAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 27, 2009
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