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VLS National Security Expert to Discuss Military Detention of Civilians

April 19, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School Professor Stephen Dycus, an internationally recognized authority on national security and the law, will give a presentation on his work, "The Scholar's Role in a Dangerous World: A New Look at Military Detention of Civilians," at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in the Yates Common Room.

Dycus' talk will mark the conclusion of his time as the 2009 Richard Brooks Faculty Scholar, an award given annually to a VLS faculty member who has consistently exhibited the highest standards of scholarship.

"Throughout this nation's history, in times of great crisis, the military has imprisoned civilians regarded as dangerous, often for extended periods and without any legal process," said Dycus, the lead author of National Security Law (the field's leading casebook). "Some of these measures were clearly necessary for the survival of the republic. Others were the product of groundless fear, racism, greed and/or political expediency. In a post-9/11 world, this talk will briefly review this history and ask whether we have learned anything from our experience."

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