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Torture and War

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications | March 23, 2010

David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University and commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," will speak at the UA this month.

David Cole
David Cole

Last month, Georgetown University law professor David Cole spoke before the U.S. Supreme Court about a terror law.

This month, he will speak at the University of Arizona, presenting the third annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture.

Cole's lecture, "Don't Look Back? Accounting for Torture in the War on Terror," will be held March 25 at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.

The12:20 p.m. event will be held in Room 164, or the Ares Auditorium, at the law school, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. Reservations may be made at the College of Law's registration site.

Cole, a Georgetown University Law Center professor who has authored five books on war and terror and related topics, also is a volunteer staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. His most recent book, "The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable," was published during the fall.

He also is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Cole has litigated many significant constitutional cases, including; Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flag burning;  National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged political content restriction on NEA funding; and Massachusetts v. Sullivan, which challenged restrictions on what federally-funded family planning centers could tell women about abortion.

Since Sept. 11, Cole has been involved in a number of the nation's most important cases involving civil liberties and national security, including the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen and rendition and torture victim.