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In June 2021, CERL assembled a working group to address the difficult legal and policy questions that arise in anticipation of renewed attempts to close the Guantánamo detention facility. The CERL 2021 Working Group on Guantánamo Bay is co-chaired by Claire Finkelstein, a professor of criminal and national security law at the University of Pennsylvania and CERL’s faculty director, and Harvey Rishikof, former convening authority for the commissions and a visiting professor of national security law at Temple University. The group comprises over thirty national security and counterterrorism experts, retired military officers, lawyers, former Department of Justice officials, psychologists, psychiatrists, academics, ethicists, and experts in the law of armed conflict. Members of the group are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, and the recommendations of the group reflect the views of both current and former defense attorneys in the commission and former Guantánamo prosecutors. The views of the Working Group are intended to be nonpartisan in nature and based on an objective assessment and application of facts and law.


GTMO, CERL, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Detention, National Security, Cuba

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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania