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Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights

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In partnership with LSE Sociology

  • 28 January 2015
  • Speakers: Gareth Peirce, Professor Saskia Sassen, Professor Jeanne Theoharis. Chair: Professor Susan Marks
  • Twitter hashtag: #LSEextradition

Since 9/11 the rules governing extradition from the UK to the US have been systematically relaxed, and safeguards designed to protect against injustice have been dismantled. British citizens are extradited on untested charges to face justice in US courts and prisons, but what standard of justice?

There has been little coverage of what happens in US courts and prisons following these extraditions. The conditions that suspects face in the notorious Supermax prisons, along with the use of secret evidence and material support bans raise serious human and civil rights concerns.

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Gareth Peirce
Gareth Peirce is a solicitor who represents individuals who are or have been the subject of rendition and torture, held in prisons in the UK on the basis of secret evidence, and interned in secret prisons abroad under regimes that continue to practice torture. Her many clients have included the Birmingham Six, Judith Ward, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, and Moazzam Begg. Her book Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice  is an acclaimed examination of the British government’s complicity in torture.
Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She is the author of several books, the latest of which is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, Top 100 Thought Leaders by GDI-MIT, Top 50 Global Thinkers Prospect Magazine 2014, and receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.
Jeanne Theoharis (c) Tom Martinez
Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books including the recent, award-winning The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks and co-founder of Educators for Civil Liberties. She has written and researched extensively on terrorism prosecutions in the US federal system post-9/11.
Susan Marks
Susan Marks (chair) is Professor of International Law at LSE and member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Full biography