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The Syria Crisis: Challenges Posed to the US Constitution & International Law
Start Date: 9/16/2013Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 9/16/2013End Time: 8:00 PM

Event Description:

An intelligent discussion on the current crisis in Syria, featuring three expert panelists:

 John Bonifaz is a constitutional attorney, who served as lead counsel in a 2003 federal court case brought on the eve of the Iraq War against then-President George W. Bush and then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, which challenged the military invasion as illegal under the War Powers Clause of the US Constitution.  He currently serves as executive director to Free Speech for People, an organization he co-founded.  Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.  He will be speaking in this forum in his individual capacity.


William Burke-White is Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.  Previously, he served in the Obama Administration on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy, international institutions, and the Russian Federation.  Professor Burke-White earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in international relations from Cambridge University.


Danya Reda is an Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law and the daughter of Syrian immigrants. She is a graduate of Brown University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, she lived in Damascus as a Fulbright Scholar and maintains close ties with friends and family in Syria.

Open and free to the public.  Reception with refreshments following the event.

Co-sponsored by the Suffolk Law School Student Chapters of the
American Constitution Society and the International Law Society.


For information or questions, contact: Christine Bustany, Practitioner In Residence for International and Comparative Law (


Intended Audience:
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • General Public
  • Graduate Students
  • Guests
  • Law Alumni
  • Law Students
  • Law Faculty
  • Parents & Families
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Sponsor(s):
  • Suffolk University Law School

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