Two IU McKinney Alumni Chosen for Guantanamo Observation Project


Jeffrey Meding, ’13, and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Pat Riley, ’74, have been chosen to take part in the Program in International Human Rights Law’s (PIHRL) Military Commission Observation Project (MCOP).

Mending will travel to Guantanamo Bay to observe hearings in the case of the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In a separate visit, Judge Riley will travel to Guantanamo Bay to observe hearings in the case of the suicide attacks on the USS Cole. Separately, PIHRL Executive Director Professor George Edwards will lead a delegation of MCOP observers to witness the proceedings via secure video link from Fort Meade in Maryland.

IU McKinney alumni, faculty and staff who are interested in observing Guantanamo Bay proceedings may apply through the law school's website.

PIHRL was awarded nongovernmental organization (NGO) observer status in late February by the Pentagon’s Convening Authority for Guantanamo Bay U.S. Military Commissions. The Pentagon grants observer status to NGOs based in part on a group’s academic or practical work involving international human rights law in the context of armed conflict and criminal trials, the group’s mission to advance human rights through advocacy, the group’s respect for the rule of law, and the group’s ability to reach large audiences around the globe. Among the 18 other groups with this status are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Bar Association.

Professor Edwards is the Carl M. Gray Professor of Law at IU McKinney, and is the author of LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs, a resource for LL.M. students, graduates, and applicants around the world.

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