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War Stories: A Reflection on Defending an Alleged Enemy Combatant Detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Contributions to Books
  • Richard J. Wilson, American University Washington College of Law
Description

This paper arose from a presentation at the McCoubrey Centre for International Law at Hull University in the United Kingdom, at a conference on "Law and Security, Post 9/11". The conference took place in February of 2005 and represents reflections on the author’s personal experience in the representation of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was captured by U.S. and Northern Alliance forces near Khost, Afghanistan, in July, 2002. He was held at Bagram Air Force Base for several months, and transferred to Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held ever since. He was 15 years old at the time of his capture. The article discusses who was at Guantanamo as of the date of its writing, why the U.S. government's detention policy unfolded the way it did, who the client was, and what the ideal outcome of his case would be.

Publication Date
1-1-2009
Keywords
  • Guantanamo,
  • Military Commission,
  • Human rights,
  • Enemy combatant,
  • Criminal law,
  • Criminal procedure,
  • Law of war,
  • Canada
Citation Information
Wilson, Richard J. “War Stories: A Reflection on Defending an Alleged Enemy Combatant Detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.” In Derechos Humanos, Relaciones Internacionales y Globalización, edited by Joaquín González, 313-330. 2nd ed. Bogotá, D.C. Columbia: Grupo Editorial Ibáñez, 2009.