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Harvard Law School Library Hosts LLNE Spring Meeting
On Friday, April 1, the Harvard Law School Library hosted the Spring Meeting of the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE). This semi-annual, one-day event is designed to bring together LLNE members to meet, socialize, and dig into a topic of interest. This meeting's topic was "International Justice in a Time of Terrorism," and its presenters examined many ways in which terrorism is intersecting international law, domestic policy, and our own civil liberties.
Two of the field's leading authorities were on hand as speakers: Nathaniel Berman, professor of law at the Brooklyn Law School, and Juliette Kayyem, acting executive director for research at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
A panel presentation, entitled "International Responses to Terrorism," was led by three Harvard affiliates: Professor Henry Steiner, director of the Law School's Human Rights Program; Ryan Goodman, assistant professor of international foreign and comparative law; and doctoral student Noah Weisbord.
The day's events officially began at 10 am in Austin North with opening remarks by Associate Librarian for Research Services Kim Dulin. Dulin's brief welcome led directly to the panel presentation, which was followed by the first of the day's keynote events, Professor Kayyem's presentation entitled "Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terrorism." After a combination lunch and LLNE business meeting in Ropes Gray, attendees were back in Austin North for the second keynote presentation, Professor Berman's
trenchant examination of the rules of war entitled "Privileging Combat? Contemporary Conflict and the Legal Construction of War." Reference Librarian for International, Foreign, and Comparative Law Annette Demers then presented an overview of materials available for researching terrorism, followed by Paul Deschner, technical support analyst, who illuminated the many challenging technical aspects of the ongoing Nuremberg Trials Project.
More information, including the complete program and speaker biographies, can be found at the official LLNE Spring Meeting '05 web site: http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/about/LLNE_Spring_05.
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