Karen J. Greenberg

Executive Director, The Center for Law and Security, NYU School of Law

From 9/11 to the 9/11 Trial: Guantanamo, Trials, Torture and the War on Terror

About the Topic

The War on Terror has placed the United States’ treatment of war prisoners squarely in the crosshairs for advocates of human rights and those who believe no rights are guaranteed to America’s enemies or their sympathizers. As executive director of the New York University School of Law’s Center on Law and Security, Karen J. Greenberg is an expert on the nation’s evolving effort to maintain its historic principles while prosecuting serious war criminals. As the Obama administration seeks to prosecute alleged terrorists, questions remain about which approach is just.

In her book, The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days, Ms. Greenberg reveals how the camp began under a humanitarian code but changed dramatically with increased Defense Department involvement. The Washington Post and Slate.com both selected the book as one of the best of 2009. Ms. Greenberg is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005), editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and editor of the NYU Review of Law and Security. Her work is featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.