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Guantánamo Bay Expert to Speak Sept. 25 at Creighton

Guantánamo Bay Expert to Speak Sept. 25 at Creighton

J. Wells Dixon, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York City and an expert on Guantánamo Bay prisoners, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in room 124 of the Creighton University School of Law. The lecture is free to the public. A reception will follow.

Dixon, who works on the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative challenging the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, will discuss his experience representing prisoners there.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

Dixon represents clients, including prisoners from Algeria, China (East Turkestan), Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, in federal court and before military commissions at Guantánamo Bay. He is part of a legal team challenging the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The lecture is sponsored through the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History, currently held by John Calvert, Ph.D. The professorship is named in honor of the late Rev. Casper, a long-time member of Creighton’s history department and an expert on 19th century European history and on American church history. His most important work was a three-volume history on the Catholic Church in Nebraska.

The Casper professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.