The Future of Interrogation: National Security in 21st Century Conflict

February 25, 2015

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Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: The National Press Club  |  529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor  |  Washington, DC 20045

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program (SSCI Report) has reignited debate about the ethics and legality of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), of the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Perry World House, will host a public panel discussing the Report’s findings. The panel will address the moral and legal status of harsh interrogation methods, the rights of detainees, as well as the role of international law in regulating interrogation practices.

In addition, the panel will discuss the role of professionals engaged with national security, many of whom are bound by professional codes of ethics. What are the duties of professionals when national security imperatives conflict with the standards of their professions? How should violation of such duties be handled?

Finally, the panel will address the controversy surrounding the SSCI Report itself. Some see the report as a long overdue exposure of a doleful chapter in our nation’s recent history. Others see the report as an exercise in partisan politics.

The panel brings together illustrious speakers from different backgrounds to explore these topics in a respectful, thought-provoking and non-partisan manner. There will be a reception after the formal proceedings.
This program has been approved for 2.0 ethics credits for Pennsylvania and D.C. attorneys.  CLE credits may be available in other jurisdictions as well.  Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $30.00 cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Future of Interrogation: National Security in 21st Century Conflict