An article written by Human Rights USA's Colleen Costello, Attorney for Human Rights & Anti-Terrorism Project, in collaboration with law students from the University of Texas National Security & Human Rights Clinic, appears in the February 2009 inaugural edition of the Northeastern University Law Journal.
The article, Challenging the Practice of Transfer to Torture in U.S. Courts: A Model Brief for Practitioners, examines the myriad legal issues presented by transfers to torture (the practice of transferring detainees to countries where they face a substantial likelihood of being tortured), and sets forth legal arguments challenging these unlawful transfers as violations of the Convention Against Torture and other international and domestic laws.
Portions of the article were presented by Ms. Costello at the Northeastern University School of Law's Guantánamo Symposium on April 25, 2008.*
The full citation for the article is Colleen Costello, Challenging the Practice of Transfer to Torture in U.S. Courts: A Model Brief for Practicitioners, 1 NE. U. L.J. 157 (2009). An electronic version of the article may be found at the NULJ website.
*The article was subsequently updated to incorporate the Supreme Court's June 2008 decisions in Boumediene v. Bush and Munaf v. Geren, which further defined the scope of rights available to detainees held by the United States Government.