April 13, 2016

American Torture and Institutional Corruption: Psychology, Law, and the Power of Professional Complicity and Resistance

When: 12:00 p.m.

Where: WCC 1015

Please join HLS Advocates for Human Rights for a panel discussion of a recent independent investigation that found collusion between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the U.S. government in relation to interrogation policies that enabled the torture of Muslims by American officials.  Panelists Deborah Popowski, Clinical Instructor with the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, and David Luban, Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, will discuss the findings of the so-called Hoffman report and its implications for psychologists and also for the legal profession.

Popowski has been working at the intersection of human rights and professional ethics in the context of U.S. counterterrorism law and policy for the past decade. Luban has written extensively on the role of professionals in the U.S. torture program; his most recent book, “Torture, Power, and Law,” won the American Publishers Association PROSE Award for excellence in philosophy.

Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Muslim Law Students Association, National Security and Law Association, the Human Rights Program, and Students for Inclusion

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