Clason Lecture by Professor Michael Tigar

The Enemy Combatant Doctrine
and the Scope of Executive Power

On October 27, 2005, Professor Michael Tigar delivered a Clason lecture at Western New England University School of Law. Michael E. Tigar is a Research Professor of Law at Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC, where he teaches Federal Courts, International Human Rights, and Criminal Law. Professor Tigar has been an advocate for social change around the world, including South Africa where he labored to end Apartheid and draft a new constitution with the African National Congress. He has also worked with former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and holds a post as visiting professor at the Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Professor Tigar has held full-time academic positions at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Texas. He has authored or coauthored ten books, three plays, and numerous articles and essays, including Law and the Rise of Capitalism (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1977) and Persuasion: The Litigator's Art (American Bar Association Press, 1999).

He has represented a multitude of high profile clients including Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, John Connally, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Washington Post, Fantasy Films, Terry Nichols, Allen Ginsberg, Leonard Peltier, Fernando Chavez and Lynne Stewart. The California Attorneys for Criminal Justice held a ballot in 1999 for “Lawyer of the Century.” Professor Tigar placed third among such notable figures as Clarence Darrow and Thurgood Marshall.

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