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Legal and political experts to discuss Terrorism and Civil Rights in Europe and the US on April 4th.

Legal and political experts to discuss Terrorism and Civil Rights in Europe and the US on April 4th.

On Friday April 4th, the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the UCLA School of Law invite the public to attend a symposium with legal and political specialists who will discuss responses to terrorism by the United States and European nations and the effect on civil rights.

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The Center for European and Eurasian Studies, along with the UCLA School of Law Program in Public Interest Law, is hosting a symposium on an important topic: how are civil rights affected when a country is confronted with terrorism?  This is a follow-up of a film series organized by the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Los Angeles  (February 25 through March 18), and it is also sponsored by the Southern California Consortium on International Studies.

New agencies are being created permitting levels of greater surveillance and periods of detention above and beyond what has previously been held constitutional.  Many countries when faced with domestic terrorism, have opted to restrict personal freedoms and liberties in favor of protecting society at large, for example, Britain and the IRA, France and the Basques, and Germany and Baader-Meinhof Group.  This forum is intended to address, not only the impact of homeland security on civil liberties in the United States, but also to compare it to measures already taken in Europe. This symposium will examine what measures have been taken by governments facing the threat of violence.  What has been done to protect citizens while still guaranteeing  personal rights established in constitutions. How much is known to the public and what if any reaction has there been?

Invited speakers from both law and political science will offer perspectives on the response in the United States and in Europe to the threat of terrorism.

"Liberty vs. Security: Real Conflicts and False Conflicts."
  Ben Wizner, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California  
Ben Wizner is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law, and was a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is currently counsel for plaintiffs in three post-September 11 civil rights cases, Gebin v. Mineta (constitutional challenge to newly enacted citizenship requirement for airport screeners); Bayaa v. United Airlines (challenge to the removal of an Arab-American from a United Airlines flight); and Sayed v. AMC (challenge to the ejection of two Afghan-American college students from an AMC movie theater).  Prior to law school, Mr. Wizner worked for three years as an advocate for the homeless at the Urban Justice Center in New York City.  He has also worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and for the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama.

"The War on Terrorism, Big Brother, and the Constitution."
 Scott Bowman, Political Science, California State University-Los Angeles
Professor Bowman teaches public law and political theory in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UCLA, where he served as the Department's principal lecturer in public law prior to his appointment at Cal State LA. He has also worked as a consultant on corporate organization and natural resources for the Attorney General of the State of California. He is the author of The Modern Corporation and American Political Thought: Law, Power, and Ideology (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996), and has published several essays on diverse subjects, including American constitutional law, American political thought, and transnational corporate power.
"The Impact of Terrorism on the Civil Rights of Immigrants in Europe"
  Terri Givens, Political Science, University of Washington
Professor Givens teaches comparative politics, West European government and political parties at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She received her PhD from UCLA in 1999, and she specializes in comparative politics in Western Europe with an emphasis on political parties, immigration policy, and extreme right movements. Other areas of interest include political economy and statistical methods. Her recent work has focused on radical right parties and the effect of electoral institutions on party strategy. She has contributed a chapter, "The Role of Socio-Economic Factors in the Success of Extreme Right Parties," in Shadows over Europe: The Development and Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe, eds. Martin Schain, Aristide Zolber, and Pastrick Hossay.  Palgrave, 2002, and has an article on "The Radical Right Gender Gap" in Comparative Political Studies, March 2004.

"The Response to Terrorism in Europe"
Daniel Garst, UCLA Political Science
Professor Garst has been a lecturer in the UCLA Political Science Department and at California State University, Fresno teaching comparative politics, West European and Modern German politics, as well as international relations and world politics.  He earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota.  He specializes specializing in European subjects that overlap comparative and international relations. His most recent publications include, "The Third Image Reversed: Thucydides and the Domestic Sources of International Politics," in Lowell Gustafson, ed., A Work to Last Forever: Thucydides' International Relations Theory in the Twentieth Century (2000); and "From Sectoral Linkages to Class Conflict: Trade and Coalition Formation in Britain Prior to and after World War I," in Comparative Political Studies (1999).

"Threats to Civil Liberties Around the World"
William J. Aceves, Professor of Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program, California Western School of Law
Professor Aceves teaches International Law, Human Rights Law, and Foreign Affairs Law and has written extensively in these fields.  Professor Aceves works with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Center for Justice & Accountability and other human rights organizations on projects involving international law and its domestic application.  He has represented several of these organizations as Counsel of Record in cases before the federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Professor Aceves has worked on several prominent human rights cases, including the case against Augusto Pinochet, the John Walker Lindh case, and several of the Guantanamo Bay cases.  He has appeared before the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Migrants, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.                                                                        

The symposium will take place from 2-5 pm on Friday April 4, 2003 in 1430 UCLA Law School. 

For those coming from off campus, you may purchase a parking permit for $7 at Hilgard and Wyton from Lot 3 by telling the attendant you are at UCLA to attend the Terrorism and Civil Rights symposium.

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