Terrorism, Due Process and the Rule of Law: Lessons from Guantanamo and Beyond

20 Sep

James P. Harrington, Attorney-at-Law and counsel for Guatanamo Bay detainees

Tuesday, September 20, 2017 18.00-19.30, Cavanagh Pharmacy Building LG52

All Welcome – Hosted by the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, School of Law

James P. Harrington has been in private practice for 33 years, and has served as lead counsel for a number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Throughout his career, Mr. Harrington has handled many noteworthy cases in state and federal courts. One of his highest profile cases was the defense of Owen Carron, a member of the British Parliament and a leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, who was arrested at the U.S./Canadian border while attempting to enter the United States. Jim also successfully represented Rey Avelino, a Canadian, who was charged with importing jet airplanes from Vietnam in violation of the Trading With the Enemy Act.

One of the first attorneys to be certified for the defense of capital cases in New York after the 1995 reintroduction of the death penalty, Mr. Harrington was lead counsel in the only death penalty case which was tried in Buffalo under the new statute. Jonathan Parker faced the death penalty for having shot and killed a Buffalo police officer. Mr. Harrington persuaded the jury to spare the life of his client following a lengthy trial. He has since been appointed to several capital cases, succeeding in avoiding the death penalty in every one.

Most recently Mr. Harrington was in the national news for his successful efforts to get bail set for one of the so-called "Lackawanna Six," individuals charged with providing material assistance to Al Qaeda. He has a string of improbable acquittals in a wide variety of criminal cases, including murders, drug cases, and sexual offense cases, in which a guilty verdict had otherwise seemed inevitable.

Tuesday, September 20, 2017 18.00-19.30, Cavanagh Pharmacy Building LG52

Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Ireland