Speakers at School of Law to discuss torture and interrogation policies
The Amnesty International Chapter at the University of St. Thomas School of Law will host a two-day series of speakers this week on “Exploring the Laws and Policies of Torture and Interrogation Techniques of Detainees.”
The talks, free and open to the public, will be held in the first-floor atrium of the School of Law, located on the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus.
Three speakers are planned today, Monday, Nov. 14, and two speakers are planned Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Monday’s speakers and times are: 12:30 p.m., Doug Johnson, executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture; 12:50 p.m., Robyn Phillips, executive director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights; and 4:30 p.m., Steven Miles, a professor of medicine and member of the Center for Bioethics faculty at the University of Minnesota.
Tuesday’s speakers and times are: 12:30 p.m., Barbara Frey, director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota; and 12:50 p.m., Kathryn Sikkink, the Arleen C. Carlson Professor of Political Science and McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota.
Also planned, in connection with the talks, is a multifaith prayer vigil for St. Thomas law students that will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the plaza at the entrance to the law school building.
Co-sponsors of the talks are Amnesty International, National Lawyers Guild, Faith and Reason, the University of St. Thomas Law Democrats, Minnesota Justice Foundation, OUT!Law, Black Law Students Association and Native American Law Students Association. The talks are funded in part by student activity fees.