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Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

Stated Meeting - Cambridge
Monday, September 27, 2010

Introduction: Michael Boudin is a Judge and former Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is also BruceW. Nichols Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. From1964 to 1965, he was a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and from1965 to 1966 he was a clerk for Justice JohnMarshall Harlan II of the Supreme Court of the United States. Boudin practiced regulatory law at Covington & Burling inWashington, D.C., from1966 to 1987. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School from1982 to 1983 and a lecturer there from1983 to 1998. He served in President Reagan’s Justice Department as a Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General of the Antitrust Division from1987 to 1990. From August 1990 until January 1992, Boudin served on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit inMay of 1992 and served as Chief Judge on that. Audio | Video (3 min.)
Speakers: Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor of Law, has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1961. He was Solicitor General of the United States from1985 to 1989, and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court ofMassachusetts from1995 to 1999. His scholarly and teaching interests have beenmoved by the connection between normative theory and the concrete institutions of public and private law. During his career at Harvard he has taught Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Roman Law, Torts, Contracts, Labor Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Courts, Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy, and in recent years he has taught Constitutional Law and Contracts. During his time as a teacher he has also argued a number of major cases in state and federal courts,most notably Daubert v.Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, in which the Supreme Court established the standards for the use of expert and scientific evidence in federal courts. He is the author of many books and articles, including Anatomy of Values (1970), Contract as Promise (1980), Order & Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution (1991), Making Tort Law (2003, with David Rosenberg), Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court (2004), and Modern Liberty (2006). His most recent book is Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror (2010, with Gregory Fried). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1997. Audio of both Charles and Gregory Fried | Video of both Charles and Gregory Fried (33 min.)
Gregory Fried, is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University. He has taught ethics, political philosophy, and the history of philosophy at the University of Chicago, Boston University, and California State University, Los Angeles. At Suffolk, Fried, together with his colleagues in the department and in other programs at the university, has founded a new interdisciplinarymasters programin Ethics and Public Policy, which seeks to integrate the study of ethical and political question in the philosophical tradition with the techniques and politics of policy analysis and implementation. His research has focused on defending the classical Enlightenment tradition against some of itsmost serious critics,most particularly the German philosopher,Martin Heidegger. He is the author of Heidegger’s Polemos: From Being to Politics.With Richard Polt, he is also the translator of two of Heidegger’s works, Introduction toMetaphysics and Being and Truth.

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