The Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The Institute for Global Security Law and Policy present the Judge Ben C. Green Lecture. Duke Law School Visiting Professor Mary Dudziak will lecture on “War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences” on Oct. 11 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Moot Courtroom (A59).
Although the U.S. has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for more than a century, policy makers and the public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. As a result, “war time” remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial. And as the public becomes more disconnected from the wars their nation is fighting, the country is without political restraints on the exercise of war powers.