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Confronting Iraq: Legal and Policy Considerations

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Video of conference proceedings: Panel I | Panel II | Luncheon | Panel III | Dinner Panel IV | Panel V | Luncheon

March 24, 2003

Dear Colleague:

The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University, in conjunction with several other departments and organizations in and affiliated with Duke, will sponsor a major conference at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, North Carolina on April 10-11, 2003, entitled Confronting Iraq: Legal and Policy Considerations. We cordially invite you to attend.

Now that combat activities have started in Iraq, there are still many unanswered questions. Have weapons inspections proven to be a futile mechanism for dealing with rogue states which seek to hide weapons of mass destruction from view? How does the ongoing conflict in Iraq fit within the overall context of regional stability in the Middle East? Is the United States correct in law in its assertion of a right to effect a regime change in Iraq? Should a democratic regime be installed in Iraq? Should Iraq military and civilian leaders be held accountable in war crimes tribunals? Our Duke conference will assemble aprestigious group of national and international scholars, policymakers and commentators who will take an interdisciplinary approach to these and other related questions concerning the current confrontation with Iraq, analyzing them from a legal, policy and ethical dimension.

In hosting this conference, our Center is joined by Duke's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Global Capital Markets Center, Duke Law School's Program in Public Law, the Center for International Studies, the Center for European Studies, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. As noted above, it will be held at the Washington Duke Inn at 3001 Cameron Boulevard in Durham, immediately adjacent to Duke's West Campus. If you are coming from outside the local area and need lodging, rooms may still be available at the Washington Duke Inn, and you should call them at (919) 490-0999. In doing so, tell them that you are with the Duke University School of Law conference and mention “booking number 2970” to receive the group rate, if it is still available. Other hotels/motels, conveniently located to the conference site, are also available in the area. Making your hotel reservation and guaranteeing late arrival, if necessary, will be your responsibility.

Although there is no registration fee to attend the conference, the cost for the conference meals for those attending is $25.00 for each of the two luncheons and $50.00 for the Thursday evening reception and dinner. Checks are to be made payable to the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and returned with the completed registration formas soon as possible. In the event you should find it necessary to cancel your meal reservations, a refund will be provided if notice of cancellation in writing is received at the Center by Friday, April 4th. Even if you do not intend to join us for any of the meals, we still need you to register in advance so that we can ensure adequate seating at the conference and have a name tag available for you when you come

I hope to see you at the Washington Duke Inn for this important conference.


Executive Director

Conference Program
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