ND Law Screens Oscar Award-winning Film Featuring ND Prof.

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Taxi to the Dark Side The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School will screen the Oscar Award-winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side” on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art. A panel discussion follows the screening.

Beginning with the case of an Afghan taxi driver beaten to death by U.S. soldiers at Bagram Air Base, the film examines the use of torture and other harsh techniques in the “war against terror.” The film features an exchange from a debate between Cassel and University of California, Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo, who was an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel for the United States. Asked by Cassel whether the President could lawfully authorize torturing the child of a terror suspect, Yoo answered, “It depends on the purpose.” This same exchange has also been quoted in the “Washington Post,” “Village Voice,” and other publications.

Cassel—a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights—has worked as a consultant to the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the United States Department of State, and the Ford Foundation, and was legal advisor to the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador.

The panel discussion begins at 8:30 p.m., and will include comments from former Army intelligence interrogator Peter Bauer; an attorney and one of the film’s producers Donald Glascoff; and documentary filmmaker and Notre Dame Professor Jill Godmilow. Cassel will moderate the panel.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, is free and open to the public.

Contact: Liz Kovacs, CCHR, 574-631-8555, ekovacs2@nd.edu