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National security and counterterrorism to be explored in 'Terror and Consent: The Wars of the 21st Century' symposium

April 10, 2009

Jaclyn D. Grosso
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Jaclyn D. Grosso

Renowned author Philip Bobbitt will be joined by professors from the United States and England at the forefront of national security and counterterrorism for the April 24 symposium "Terror and Consent: The Wars of the 21st Century," co-sponsored by the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, the Syracuse University College of Law and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) and taking place on the Syracuse University campus. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Public Events Room (Room 220) in Eggers Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will focus on Bobbitt's new book, "Terror and Consent: The Wars of the Twenty First Century." Bobbitt reflects on a new definition of warfare, the current domestic debate, challenges to international law, and how our new market-driven society might measure victory. In addition to providing scenarios about how this war might unfold, the book also provides particular recommendations-a mix of policy prescriptions and a rethinking of the fundamentals of how we might actually win a war against terrorism.

"There is no set of security issues more timely for serious discussion and scholarly analysis than those surrounding international terrorism," says College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor William C. Banks, who is also director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.

The symposium begins with a keynote address by Bobbitt, the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School, who will outline and discuss the issues in his book. Additional participants include legal scholars that specialize in national security and counterterrorism.

To register for the event, visit

Articles written by the panelists will be published in spring issue of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.

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