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