William C. Banks to Speak at Brennan Center Event on “Emergency Powers”

Professor Emeritus William C. Banks has been invited to speak at “Emergency Powers in the Trump Era and Beyond,” a Brennan Center for Justice and R Street Institute event to be held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, on Jan. 16, 2019.

The symposium will explore questions raised by presidential emergency powers in the US. Former government officials, scholars, and advocates will discuss:

  • An overview of the legal framework for emergency powers in the US, focusing on some of the most extraordinary powers in the president’s legal arsenal.
  • Perspectives from the inside, featuring former executive branch officials with direct experience in governing during emergencies.
  • A conversation about the risks vulnerable communities face in emergencies, and how to mitigate those risks.
  • Lessons we can draw from recent experiences with emergency powers in other nations.

Among the scholars and officials joining Banks at the symposium are Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, United Nations; Christopher Fonzone, former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council; Avril Haines, former Deputy National Security Advisor; Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; and Carl Wagner, former Associate Deputy General Counsel for Homeland Defense.

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