Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights - Constitutional Checks and Balances in the Post-9/11 Era: Revitalizing Congress's Role
Tuesday, 2/13/2007 9:30 AM (EST)
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9:30 - 9:35 a.m. (links above)
Welcome and Opening Remarks
T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center
9:35 – 10:30 a.m. (links above)
Revitalizing Congress’s Role in Safeguarding Security and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Georgetown Law Class of 1964
10:30 – 11:40 a.m.
Countering Ambition: What Has Happened to Congress in Our System of
Checks and Balances, and How Can Its Role Be Strengthened?
Jane E. Stromseth, Director, Human Rights Institute; Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (moderator)
Executive Director, Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowships in Public
Leadership; Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs; and Former Member of Congress (R-Okla.)
Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Co-author, "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track" (Oxford University Press, 2006)
Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Co-author, "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track" (Oxford University Press, 2006)
11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Issues and Challenges Facing the Congress in Asserting Its Role in Our System of Checks and Balances
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Nina Pillard, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (moderator)
David Abramowitz, Chief Counsel, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Martin Lederman, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Elisa Massimino, Washington Director, Human Rights First
William H. Taft IV, Of Counsel, Fried Frank; Former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
This is the second annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights. It is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown Law.
annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights was established by Samuel
Dash’s family and friends, Georgetown Law alumni and the law firm of
Cozen O’Connor to honor Dash’s contributions to international human
rights and domestic civil rights.
who joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1965, and was on the board of
the International League of Human Rights, traversed the globe in
pursuit of justice. He led a human rights mission to Northern Ireland
to investigate the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" incident, and traveled to the
Soviet Union and Chile. In 1985, he was the first American to visit
Nelson Mandela in prison and became involved in mediation efforts that
eventually led to Mandela's release.
also served as chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee’s
investigation into the Nixon administration’s involvement in the
Democratic National Committee break-in, which ultimately led to
President Nixon’s resignation.
Dash died in 2004.
A Web cast will be available at https://www.law.georgetown.edu/webcast/.