Prof. Thomas McDonnell on military detention for terrorism suspects captured in the US

Pace Law School Prof. Thomas McDonnell, an expert on terrorism, is available to speak to the media about the Senate rejecting a provision that would have prevented indefinite military detention for terrorism suspects captured in the United States.

According to Prof. McDonnell, “By authorizing indefinite detention, the Senate bill violates international law, if not the US Constitution.  By implicitly authorizing the indefinite detentions of Americans, it violates both.”

Prof. McDonnell is author of The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism (Routledge, 2009), which discusses critical legal issues raised by US responses to the terrorist threat, analyzing whether the actions taken by the Bush-Cheney Administration and now the Obama Administration have complied with international law. The book highlights such issues as torture, indefinite detentions, right to trial, military commissions, the death penalty, targeted killing, the right of self-determination, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Prof. McDonnell has taught International Law and International Human Rights Law at Pace Law School for more than 15 years. He was formerly the co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Teaching International law Interesting Group


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