Left Forum 2009: Erna Paris, David Swanson, Minky Worden

Left Forum 2009: Erna Paris, David Swanson, Minky Worden

April 18, 2009 4:00pm

April 18, 3-5pm, Left Forum 2009, Pace University (across from City Hall), One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038.

About the panel:

Justice in the Age of Imperial America: Unchecked Political Power Versus the Law

Nobody is above the law, unless you are among the powerful. The Bush administration felt no need to abide by International Law or the US Constitution, and little was done to stop it.

Today, the world faces a serious emerging dilemma: the growing tension between unchallenged political power and the rule of law. With the International Criminal Court bringing the possibility of prosecution for unruly heads of state, and President Obama bringing a new philosophy to the White House, will International and National law finally win out over the will of the powerful?

ERNA PARIS is the winner of ten national and international writing awards, including the Canada-US White Award for journalism, a gold medal from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, and four Media Club of Canada awards for feature writing and radio documentary. She is the author of six acclaimed books of literary nonfiction. She publishes The Sun Climbs Slow: The International Criminal Court and the Struggle for Justice with Seven Stories Press this month.

Media Director of Human Rights Watch, MINKY WORDEN monitors crises, wars, human rights abuses, and political developments in more than seventy countries worldwide. From 1992–1998, Worden lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee. Worden is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks Cantonese and German, and is an elected member of the Overseas Press Club’s Board of Governors. She is the co-editor of Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? A Human Rights Perspective (New Press, 2005) and editor of China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories Press, 2008).

DAVID SWANSON is Co-Founder of, creator of, the Washington Director of, and a board member of Progressive Democrats for America. He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign and has been a leading voice for the prosecution of Bush and Cheney for war crimes. His book Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union comes out with Seven Stories Press this September.

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