Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

The mounting threat of terrorism poses legal challenges to democratic societies. These societies are torn between the need to defeat terrorists at all costs and the desire to uphold democratic values and protect human rights. If pursued wholly outside the rule of law, the war on terrorism could end up not only tarnishing the image of the world's democracies but undermining the democratic system of government as well. Yet neither international law as currently constituted nor the domestic law of most democracies provides an adequate legal framework for contending with the new threat posed by international terrorism in the 21st century. Professor Wedgwood will address the issue of due process and detention within this context.

The International Task Force on Terrorism, Democracy and the Law was formed in early 2010 by the Wilson Center in cooperation with the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany.