Events Archive

November 2, 2007
Guest Speaker
Guantanamo Bay U.S. Military Commissions - In Defense of the Rule of Law

Speaker: Major M. D. Mori
Time: noon - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 391
Contact: Please RSVP to Chalanta Shockley at before 25 October

Adjunct Professor Major Dan Mori, Chief Defense Counsel to David Hicks, the Australian citizen convicted at Guantanamo Bay. Major Mori has been U.S. Marine Corps (18 years) in posts including Special Ass't U.S. Attorney & Senior Defense Counsel, Military Justice Office in Hawaii, Japan & South Carolina.

In November '03, the Pentagon appointed Major Mori to represent David Hicks, an Australian citizen, before a Guantanamo Bay military commission. In August '04—Hicks' proceedings marked 1st U.S. Military Commission since World War II. Proceedings suspended & rescheduled for '05. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Military Commissions "illegal" (summer '06). Congress enacted new legislation and Hicks faced a new Commission in March '07. Mori was chief defense counsel when Hicks pleaded guilty, marking the first Military Commission conviction since WW II.

Major Mori was a graduate of Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont & Western New England School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts. His awards & decorations include: Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal & other service awards ACLU Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award, Honorary Member, Australian Bar Association, Australian Lawyers' Alliance Civil Justice Award (Hobart, Tasmania)

David Hicks' Background:

  • Australian Citizen “Captured” in Afghanistan (Dec ’01)
  • Charges: Al Qaeda member; fighting with Taliban
  • Guilty plea – March 2007
  • Serving 9 month sentence in Australia. Release date – Christmas 2007

IU-Indy Work with Military Commissions: Since 2003, the IU School of Law at Indianapolis Program in International Human Rights Law, under the direction of Professor Edwards, provided assistance to the Military Commissions defense, and beginning in 2004 provided assistance to David Hicks’ defense.

Event Co-sponsors: IU-Indianapolis Amnesty International Student Chapter, Equal Justice Works, International Human Rights Law Society, International Law Society, Master of Laws Association, Muslim Law Student Association & Program in International Human Rights Law

Lunch: Yes, lunch provided (no charge!)
RSVP: Please RSVP to Chalanta Shockley at