Lectures & Events

Eroding the Foundations of International Humanitarian Law: The United States Post-9/11
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Lecture
OCT 17, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit

Prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Davis resigned as Chief Prosecutor in Guantanamo Bay in October 2007, disputing that evidence obtained through waterboarding should be admitted in the commission. He has opposed force-feeding to halt the Guantanamo detainees’ mass hunger strike, and in May 2013 he publicly led the call for President Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. His online petition to close Guantanamo topped 75,000 signatures in less than twenty four hours, and prompted President Obama’s renewed vow to address the thorny issue.

Davis’s presentation will cover a range of civil rights issues related to U.S. detention of terrorists: Is it legal to detain suspects forever, without charging them or bringing them to trial? Is it legal to force feed detainees through tubes when they are protesting their situation in a mass hunger strike? Is it legal to use evidence obtained by “extraordinary interrogation techniques” in a military commission or U.S. court? His presentation and discussion of these legal issues will be of use and interest to Ohio civil rights lawyers, immigration lawyers, and criminal lawyers.
Speaker Information
Morris DavisColonel (retired) Morris Davis
Assistant Professor, Howard University School of Law and former Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Morris Davis is an attorney and a national security, military and international humanitarian law commentator. He is a 2013 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award winner.

He served in the Air Force JAG from 1983 to 2008 and retired as a Colonel. He was Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from 2005 to 2007 where he led a multi-agency prosecution task force of over 100 personnel from DOD, DOJ, CIA and FBI. He resigned in 2007 rather than use evidence obtained by torture or tolerate political meddling. His final military assignment was as Director of the Air Force Judiciary where he oversaw the criminal justice system and supervised 265 people at sites worldwide. He served as a Senior Specialist in National Security and Director of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division at the Congressional Research Service from 2008 to 2010. He was Executive Director of the Crimes of War Education Project from 2010 to 2011. He joined the faculty at the Howard University School of Law in July 2011.

Colonel Davis earned a BS in criminal justice from Appalachian State University, a JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law, a LLM in government procurement law from George Washington University School of Law, and a LLM in military law from the U.S. Army JAG School. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was included in the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington report, "Those Who Dared: 30 Officials Who Stood Up for Our Country," in July 2008 and he received the Justice Charles E. Whittaker Award from the Lawyers Association of Kansas City in Nov. 2009.

Colonel Davis writes and speaks on a range of legal issues and has been in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Der Spiegel and on CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera and NPR, among other media outlets.

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