War Power Debate: Architect of the Patriot Act, John Yoo, and USD Law Professor Michael D. Ramsey Debate About the War o

War Power Debate: Architect of the Patriot Act, John Yoo, and USD Law Professor Michael D. Ramsey Debate About the War o

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  • Monday, February 12, 2007 at 5:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The School of Law’s Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism welcomes John Yoo, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, architect of the Patriot Act and author of the so-called “torture memo,” for a debate about the War on Terror. Yoo will go head-to-head with USD School of Law Professor Mike Ramsey on issues of war power such as the authority to launch pre-emptive attacks abroad and conducting surveillance without a warrant.


The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for one hour of general credit.

Professor John Yoo

Yoo joined the Boalt Hall faculty in 1993, then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as general counsel of the U.S.Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 1996. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. Yoo is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006).

Professor Mike Ramsey

Professor Michael D. Ramsey teaches constitutional law, international business transactions and foreign relations law. Before joining the faculty in 1995, Ramsey served as senior articles editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. He clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also practiced law with Latham & Watkins in San Diego. Ramsey's publications include “Textualism and War Powers,” University of Chicago Law Review; “The Executive Power over Foreign Affairs,” Yale Law Journal (with Professor Saikrishna Prakash); and “The Myth of Extraconstitutional Foreign Affairs Power,” William & Mary Law Review. Ramsey is the recipient of the 1998 Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the 2002 Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Scholarship.


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