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Monday, July 30, 2007

Emory Law Appoints New CrimProf Charles D. Swift

SwiftEmory Law is pleased to announce the appointment of new CrimProf Charles D. Swift, a prominent Navy lawyer, to the position of Visiting Associate Professor. Swift will join the Emory Law faculty in the fall of 2007 and will teach in the areas of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), criminal law, evidence, and military law.

Swift visited Emory University during the spring semester to deliver a lecture on U.S. detention policies in Guantanamo Bay and their implications for the rule of law. Swift said during his visit, he was impressed by the quality of the faculty, the facilities, and the students at Emory Law.

“What struck me most was Emory’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in both the development and daily practice of law,” Swift said. “When Emory expressed an interest in bringing that focus to the field of International Humanitarian Law, I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of the effort.”

Swift has extensive experience in the practice of military and international law during his service with the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions. His well-publicized representation of Salim Hamdan, the driver of Osama bin Laden, brought Swift to the U.S. Supreme Court in the precedent-setting case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. In its decision, the Court ruled that the military commission being used to try Hamdan was illegal and that it lacked the protections required under the Geneva Conventions and U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Known for his dedication to preserving the rule of law during wartime, Swift has been honored by the American Civil Liberties Union with a Medal of Liberty and named by the as one of the most influential lawyers in America.

In addition to his teaching, Swift also will serve as Acting Director of Emory Law’s newly-established International Humanitarian Law Clinic, which will operate during the 2007-2008 academic year. Humanitarian law – also known as the law of conflict – governs the conduct of persons, states and non-state entities during armed conflict and has become increasingly important around the world with heightened news coverage of the Guantanamo Bay cases and the Rwanda genocide proceedings. More. . . [Mark Godsey]

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