Barack Obama pledged in 2008 to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp, an effort that failed under the pressure of intense bipartisan opposition. The Trump administration, by contrast, has signaled its eagerness to expand the number of detainees at the facility. Paul Lewis,Department of Defense Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure under the Obama Administration, will discuss the bitter political environment he faced during his tenure, and the logistical, legal, and ideological challenges that face us as we contemplate an expanded Guantanamo Bay.
Presented with the support of the Thomas F. Fay Peace Through Law Endowment for Excellence and The Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the International Human Rights Society, and the Notre Dame Chapter of the ACLU