Debates on the War with Iraq


On November 15, 2002, Richard Posner, Chief Judge of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and George P. Fletcher, Columbia Law School debated "The Rights and Wrongs of Going to War." 

Richard Posner is the Chief Judge of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. According to Calvin Woodward of the New York Times Book Review, Richard Posner is "one of the nation's most influential thinkers.... He spearheaded the law and economics movement that has, in the eyes of many, revolutionized the entire legal enterprise...."

George Fletcher is the Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. His most recent book is titled, Romantics at War: Glory and Guilt in the Age of Terrorism. His previous book, Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy (2001), was designated by the American Association of Publishers as the best book on law published in 2001.

MODERATOR: Lori Damrosch, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia Law School
INTERLOCUTOR: Catharine MacKinnon, Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School


On November 1, 2002 Prof. George Fletcher debated Harvard Law's Alan Dershowitz on "The Morality of Attacking Iraq."

Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His most recent book is titled, Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge.

George Fletcher is the Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. His most recent book is titled, Romantics at War: Glory and Guilt in the Age of Terrorism.

MODERATOR: Chris Hedges is a former Middle East Bureau Chief and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for The New York Times.

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