Lessons from Gitmo

The International Lawyer, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2015

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213

8 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2015 Last revised: 10 Oct 2016

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Meghan J. Ryan

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: September 13, 2015

Abstract

I recently returned from a trip to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, where I spent a week at Camp Justice — the site of the Military Commissions proceedings for the alleged terrorists and war criminals who have been held on the base since the “War on Terror” began after 9/11. I was observing military commission proceedings in the case of high-value detainee Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi, who was allegedly “one of Osama bin Laden’s closest advisors.” He has been charged with “Denying Quarter, Attacking Protected Property, Using Treachery or Perfidy, and Attempted Use of Treachery or Perfidy in a series of attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan between about 2003 and 2004, and Conspiracy to commit law of war offenses.” I was tasked with observing the proceedings to ascertain whether they comply with human rights principles and relevant rules of law. During the course of this weeklong adventure, I learned a number of Guantanamo lessons, which I detail in this brief essay.

Keywords: Guantanamo, Gitmo, GTMO, terrorism, detention, 9/11, 9-11, war on terror, war crimes

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Meghan J., Lessons from Gitmo (September 13, 2015). The International Lawyer, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2015; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2659901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2659901

Meghan J. Ryan (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.smu.edu/professor-profiles/ryan

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