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Yale Law School’s Ties to Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 29 decision on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld was closely watched by faculty and students at Yale Law School. The Court decided in a 5-3 vote that the use of military commissions is illegal under both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Convention.

Neal Katyal, a 1995 graduate and former visiting professor at YLS, is Salim Hamdan’s lawyer. Katyal argued against the use of military commissions in front of the Supreme Court on March 28. More than twenty students and several faculty members have assisted Katyal with the case. (Read more about Katyal's work with Yale Law students here.)

Amicus briefs written by Yale Law School faculty on behalf of Hamdan are available in pdf format here:

Dean Harold Hongu Koh and Visiting Lecturer Jonathan Freiman (Military commissions inconsistent with international law)

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William N. Eskridge, Jr. (UCMJ does not authorize military commissions)
Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik (Graham-Levin/National Detention Act authorizes Hamdan's pre-commission challenge)
A complete list of amicus briefs written for Hamdan is available at
To read more about faculty reactions to the Hamdan decision, visit Faculty in the News.