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  • A Free Town Captured

    July 1, 2007

    How should societies deal with the aftermath of cataclysmic war and mass atrocities? It’s a question documentary filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen ’07 has asked former Nuremberg prosecutors.

  • First to Arrive

    July 1, 2007

    Perched on the 21st floor of an office building next to the Statehouse on Boston’s Beacon Hill, Juliette Kayyem ’95 has a spectacular view of the city’s waterfront. But when you’re the person in charge of Massachusetts’ homeland security, that view prompts vigilance more than anything else.

  • Professor Charles Fried

    An op-ed by Professor Charles Fried: Getting at the truth

    December 13, 2006

    The following op-ed was published in The Boston Globe on December 13, 2006: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the egregious president of Iran, is hosting a conference this week on whether the Holocaust really happened.

  • Professor David Kennedy ’80

    Law in the arsenal

    September 22, 2006

    International law professor David Kennedy was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam era, but during his early years teaching at Harvard Law School he realized it was time to rethink his position on the valid use of military force.

  • Letter from Baghdad

    September 1, 2006

    The news from Baghdad this month tends to make me share Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.’s famous preference for “not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”

  • Recent Faculty Books – Summer 2006

    July 23, 2006

    In “Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World” (Oxford University Press), Professor Jack L. Goldsmith and Tim Wu ’98 describe the Internet’s challenge to government rule in the ’90s and some ensuing battles over Internet freedom around the world.

  • Dershowitz

    Op-ed by Professor Dershowitz: Arithmetic of Pain

    July 21, 2006

    The following op-ed by Professor Alan Dershowitz, Arithmetic of Pain, was published in The Wall Street Journal on July 19, 2006: There is no democracy in the world that should tolerate missiles being fired at its cities without taking every reasonable step to stop the attacks. The big question raised by Israel's military actions in Lebanon is what is "reasonable."

  • Sabin Willett '83

    A Bankruptcy Lawyer at Gitmo

    July 12, 2006

    Sabin Willett leads a double life as a lawyer. Most days, he works on bankruptcy litigation in the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen. He likes the work. Really, he says, sitting in a conference room with a sweeping view of Boston harbor.

  • Dershowitz on confusing the causes and effects of terrorism

    January 17, 2006

    The following op-ed by Professor Alan Dershowitz, "Terrorism: Confusing cause, effect," was published in The Boston Globe on January 16, 2006: Whatever anyone might think of the artistic merits of Steven Spielberg's new film ''Munich," no one should expect an accurate portrayal of historical events.

  • Professor Dershowitz forecasts on Alito as a justice

    January 13, 2006

    The following essay by Professor Alan Dershowitz, What Kind Of Justice Will Alito Be?, appeared in Forbes on January 13, 2006: Almost all justices vote almost all of the time in accordance with their own personal, political and religious views. That is the reality, especially on the Supreme Court, where precedent is not as binding, and where cases are less determined by specific facts than by broad principles.

  • Op-ed by Professor Alan Dershowitz: Lasting peace in the Middle East?

    September 9, 2005

    The following op-ed by Professor Alan Dershowitz, This time, peace may be real thing, originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune on September 9, 2005: There have been many false starts in establishing a two-state solution to the Arab-Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but this time all the basic elements appear to be in place.

  • Michael Chertoff '78

    The guardian

    July 1, 2005

    Can a veteran prosecutor whip the Department of Homeland Security into shape? Michael Chertoff '78 has already started.

  • Capt. Nick Brown '02

    Letter from Baghdad

    April 1, 2005

    Nick Brown '02 gained fame as a contestant on the reality show "Survivor." Today his reality is the Green Zone in Baghdad, where he carries a laptop and a rifle as a U.S. Army JAG officer.

  • Jane Harman talking on phone at desk

    Code red

    April 1, 2005

    Christopher Cox '76 ('77) and Jane Harman '69 sit on different sides of the aisle, but the urgent threat of terrorism unites them.

  • Col. Will Gunn in uniform

    Honor Bound

    September 1, 2004

    In a nondescript building in suburban Virginia, two subway stops from the Pentagon, a team of a half dozen or so defense lawyers works on what is perhaps the toughest--and most controversial--legal assignment in America.

  • Steven Wax

    Defending One, for All

    September 1, 2004

    Last spring, an Oregon attorney named Brandon Mayfield was arrested by the FBI and jailed for two weeks. He was suspected of being linked to the Madrid train bombings, thanks to the FBI's mistaken match of a fingerprint to a print found on a bag of detonators near the scene.

  • Frederick P. Hitz

    I Spy

    September 1, 2004

    In his recent book, "The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage," Frederick P. Hitz '64 gives credence to the saying that truth can be stranger than fiction.

  • Jamie Gorelick '75

    Inside out

    September 1, 2004

    It was December 2002 when House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt called Jamie Gorelick '75 to offer her the last Democratic slot on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

  • Juliette Kayyem '95

    Legislative proposals headed for Congress

    September 1, 2004

    Professor Philip Heymann '60 and his colleague from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Juliette Kayyem '95 say Congress should provide much-needed legislation to deal with a number of issues that have emerged in the last three years in the fight against terrorism.

  • Getting real

    September 1, 2004

    Ever since Professor Philip Heymann '60 began teaching a class on terrorism in the winter of 1988, it's drawn a crowd.

  • Philip Heymann sitting at his desk

    Talking about terror

    September 1, 2004

    A Harvard Law School professor says a unilateral war on terror will not succeed. His solution: contain and isolate extremists by repairing frayed alliances and finding common ground with mainstream Islam.