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Legal scholar to review fact and fiction in torture debate


April 15, 2008

David Luban, University Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, will deliver the James Steintrager Lecture in Political Philosophy and Jurisprudence at 4:30 p.m. April 25 at Wake Forest University’s Winston Hall in room 126.  Luban’s lecture, titled “Unthinking the Ticking Bomb:  Fact and Fantasy in the Torture Debate,” is co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science and the School of Law.  The event is free and open to the public.

Luban is a prominent figure in the debate over the use of torture in the war on terrorism, and is known for his work on legal ethics.  His book “Legal Ethics” is currently in its fourth edition.  Other books include “Lawyers and Justice:  An Ethical Study” and “Legal Ethics and Human Dignity.”  His articles have appeared in magazines such as Harper’s, as well as numerous philosophical and law review journals.  Last year he reviewed former Justice Department official John Yoo’s book, “War by Other Means” for the New York Review of Books.  Yoo is known for his controversial memos on the legality of torture and the removal of Geneva Convention protections for enemy combatants during the drafting of the Patriot Act.

Luban is also an expert on international criminal law.  He has written on the topics of crimes against humanity and preventive war.

For more information about the lecture, call 336-758-5359.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


David Luban, University Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
David Luban, University Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
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