UCLA faculty expert advisory: Will Bagram Be different From Guantanamo?

As President Obama works to fulfill his campaign promise to close the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, questions arise: Where will these prisoners, held for so long without trial or legal recourse, go, and where do they belong? If the U.S. transfers prisoners to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, would they exist in the same legal limbo as in Guantanamo? Would a facility for these detainees on U.S. soil be unconstitutional? By transferring prisoners to another offshore prison, is the Obama administration asserting any significant change in U.S. policy?

Why is it that foreigners can be detained by the U.S. without due process in non-U.S. territory? Where do laws about territorial legal limits come from, and how are they changing, given globalization and an expanding American empire?
UCLA international relations expert Kal Raustiala can help make sense of some of the issues the Obama administration is grappling with.
Kal Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, will soon release his new book, "Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law." He is available to discuss how territoriality in law plays into Obama's efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo, the existence of U.S. secret off-shore prisons abroad, and also future environmental and economic policy decisions.
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