International Law and Guantanamo Detention Operations

McCall-Smith, K. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


The Guantánamo Bay detention operation programme has been a human rights and international law disaster engaging the international community and public for 15 years. The inability of Obama to close the facility has resulted in the perpetuation of human rights by one of the UK’s strongest allies. With the inauguration of President Trump, governments and civil society must reinforce that any increase in detention operations will impact international relations and the rule of law. As a strong proponent of human rights and the rule of law, Scotland has the opportunity to give voice to an issue that has been consistently ignored. Through the manipulation and redefinition of many legal obligations and terms, the US government has used its position of power to perpetrate these violations. However, it did not act alone. Many countries are working through their roles in what is undoubtedly a serious challenge to international law and human rights. This panel discussion aims to highlight the impact of state-level decisions on the remaining detainees to policy-makers
Period8 Feb 2017
Event typeSymposium
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom


  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Torture
  • Arbitrary Detention
  • Civil Society
  • Diplomacy