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Conference Examines Terrorism, Justice and Civil Liberties

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 5, 2008) – “Terrorism and Justice: The Balance for Civil Liberties” is the topic of the fifth annual academic conference to be hosted by the UCM Department of Criminal Justice Feb. 18-20.

Academics and authorities from many disciplines will examine the issues that have arisen from the current worldwide focus on the elimination of terrorism while maintaining civil liberties of all involved. Visiting experts will join UCM faculty and students in the presentation of papers that examine a vast array of timely and often controversial topics.

International Scholars Will Speak

Guest lecturers for plenary sessions on all three days include David Cole of the Georgetown University School of Law; Stefan Lorenzmaier of the University of Augsburg, Germany; Jumana Musa, advocacy director for domestic human rights and international justice, Amnesty International; Harry Mika of Central Michigan University/Queens University of Belfast; Donald H. Marks, Cognitive Engineering LLC, Hoover, Ala.; UCM alumnus Dennis Anderson, retired from the FBI; and David Harel, managing director with ASERO Israel, formerly with the Israel Security Agency.

Full Range of Topics Discussed

A full range of topics will include counter-terrorism measures and their effects on human rights and international law; community peace building in Northern Ireland; the use of magnetic resonance imaging in interrogation; the democratic dilemmas in the fight on terrorism; and the lessons of restorative justice for counter-terrorism efforts.

Throughout all three days of the conference, panel sessions will feature nearly 50 presentations by academics and professionals on a full range of topics, and poster presentations will feature research by academic professionals and UCM faculty and students.

Annual Conference Continues to Grow

 “It’s an honor for UCM to be hosting a major international conference of these proportions,” said Don Wallace, UCM professor of criminal justice and director of the Institute of Justice and International Studies. “This is our fifth academic conference, and we continue to grow each year. The topics of international terrorism and justice are important to all of us, and we have assembled some of the world’s experts to examine these issues in detail.”

For More Information

All conference sessions will be located in the Elliott Union and are free and open to the public. For a full conference schedule, visit the conference web site at For more information on the conference and the UCM Department of Criminal Justice, call 660-543-4950.