Sunday, September 2, 2012

Write On! "Guantanamo Bay: What Next?"

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

I am excited to announce that my home institution, the Southern Illinois University School of Law, will host a very interesting and topical symposium examining what the future holds for the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay. There will be three panels of speakers representing a range of opinions regarding the legality of the detentions, treatment and trials of the detainees under both U.S. and international law.
In addition, as further described below, the Southern Illinois University Law Journal will choose one legal article from a newer scholar for inclusion in a special Symposium issue on these topics. The scholar will be invited to attend the Symposium and present her or his article.
There have been several recent developments pertaining to Guantanamo Bay, ranging from the constitutionality of the process of indefinitely detaining so-called "enemy combatants" to the hurdles faced by the attorneys who have chosen, or been chosen, to represent those detained there. For years now, Guantanamo Bay has been a focus of the debate about the proper balance between liberty and security. Despite its unpopularity among many, it appears that Guantanamo Bay, for the time being, is not going away. This Symposium issue of the SIU Law Journal will seek to address many of the continuing legal issues surrounding Guantanamo Bay from all viewpoints and to provide a platform for legal scholars to present new research and ideas on this important topic.
The SIU Law Journal will choose the best Symposium article from a newer law faculty member (defined as a law faculty member who has been part of the legal academy for seven (7) years or less) on a legal issue pertaining to Guantanamo Bay. The article should be approximately twenty to twenty-five pages in length. Three law professors from Southern Illinois University School of Law and the Editor-in-Chief of the SIU Law Journal will select the best article submitted, which will be published in the Symposium issue of the SIU Law Journal. In addition, the author of the chosen article will be invited to attend the Guantanamo Bay Symposium at SIU School of Law on February 22, 2013, all travel expenses paid, in order to give a presentation on the topic of his or her article. Although only one scholar will be invited to participate in the symposium through this call for papers, the SIU Law Journal will consider the other articles submitted for publication in the Symposium issue.
The full manuscript, in Word format, should be e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief by the deadline date of November 19, 2012. Please feel free to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Brian Lee, at if you have any questions or concerns.

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