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Top Terrorism Experts To Address U.Va. Symposium

February 23, 2005 --

Perceptions of terrorism, different countries’ legal responses to it, and tension between the need for national security and the preservation of civil liberties are among topics to be discussed at a two-day symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law Feb. 25-26.

Paul Pillar, national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, and Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, director general of the U.S. Foreign Service and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, will headline the event.Co-sponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and the John Bassett Moore Society of International Law, the symposium, “Beyond the U.S. War on Terrorism: Comparing Domestic Legal Remedies to an International Dilemma,” will be held in Caplin Auditorium.

Other featured speakers include Ruth Wedgwood of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Fionnuala Ni Aolain, director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, as well as speakers from Lebanon, Israel, Pakistan, Chile and members of the U.S. Armed Services. The program offers participants the opportunity to hear from leading terrorism experts from around the world.

The symposium will survey the legal mechanisms nations have used in responding both to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and their own terror-related experiences. The program’s six panels will cover issues ranging from the legal definitions of “war” and “terrorism,” to antiterrorism legislation, torture, immigration law and the laws of war.

Pillar will give the keynote address on Friday, Feb. 25 in Caplin Pavilion. Pillar’s address on “Perceptions of Terrorism: Continuity and Change,” will take place during the lunch session, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Pillar, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, was appointed to his current role in October 2000.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit the J.B. Moore Web site at www.student.virginia.edu/~jbmoore or contact symposium director Robert Kirsch, at rak4e@virginia.edu or (434) 242-7056.

Contact: Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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