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Clason Speaker Series to Explore Terrorism

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Western New England College School of Law's Clason Speaker Series will feature a talk by Professor Wadie Said on Tuesday, January 25 at noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. The talk, titled "Humanitarian Law Project and the Supreme Court's Construction of Terrorism," is free and open to the public.

clason__said_wadie1jpgSaid will explore the assumptions behind and implications of the Supreme Court's use of the phrase terrorism throughout the past century, charting the transformation of terrorism as one tactic among many employed by political groupings to a more existential threat that plagues society at large. He will share how this process culminated in the Supreme Court's recent decision in Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder widening the scope of what is considered terrorism. Said argues the decision goes too far in criminalizing what should be considered legitimate political activity.

Said is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, immigration law, and international human rights law. Previously, he served as an assistant federal public defender in Florida, representing one of the defendants in a complex terrorism conspiracy case. He has published a number of articles on terrorism and human rights topics.

Now in its 22nd year, the Clason Speaker Series hosts expert lecturers to enhance the academic environment at the Western New England College School of Law. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served as Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. For more information, call 413-796-2279.

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