Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility was one of former US President Barack Obama’s campaign promises. In 2009 he decreed that Guantanamo Bay would be closed within a year. It never was and now President Donald Trump intends to keep it open. What are the obstacles to closure? And what has it meant for the United States, for international law, and for the detainees themselves to have left this issue unresolved for so long? Maria Armoudian discusses the unresolved issues associated with Guantanamo Bay with David Glazier, Jonathan Hafetz, and Peter Jan Honigsberg.
David Glazier is a Professor of Law and fellow at Loyola Law School. He is an expert in foreign relations law.
Jonathan Hafetz is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall Univesity. He is an expert in national security law and is the author of Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System.
Peter Jan Honigsberg is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco. He is an expert in international human rights law and is the author of Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror.
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