Christina Frohock - Small-Town GTMO: The Layers of Estate, Sovereignty, and Soil in U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay - Gables
Guantánamo is often in the news, conjuring powerful images of orange jumpsuits and prison gates. But there is more to the story. Take a step back from the headlines, and a rich legal and historical picture of the United States’ naval station emerges. Small-Town GTMO offers a fresh and first-person perspective on Guantánamo, focusing on the threshold issue of whether the United States can be there at all rather than the more common issue of whether the military base should be used as a terrorist detention site. The book offers a unique combination of analysis and personal narrative to answer a fundamental question: Is there legal justification for the Guantánamo naval station? Reaching back to the founding of the naval station in 1898 and the original lease documents in 1903, the author provides a powerful answer: Yes, based on a structure of layered estates and sovereignties. Vivid descriptions of the author’s experiences in Guantánamo frame the analysis, and this personal account illustrates how the tangible layers of soil reflect the legal layers of estate and sovereignty.
Join us for an author discussion of Small-Town GTMO, including photographs from the author’s visits to Guantánamo. Moderated by the Honorable Vance E. Salter, the discussion will cover the history of the military base, the legitimacy of the U.S. presence, and the unique profile of two nations holding sovereignty over the same territory.
About the Author:
Christina Frohock is a Professor of Legal Writing and Lecturer in Law at the University of Miami School of Law. In addition to Small-Town GTMO, she has published articles on Guantánamo, habeas corpus, and professionalism in the law. Before joining the Miami Law faculty, she practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and at both White & Case and Kenny Nachwalter in Miami.
In conversation with
Judge Vance Salter
Vance E. Salter has served on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal since 2007. He is a member of the Appellate Courts Technology Committee, chair of the District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability Commission, co-chair of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, and a member of the Miami-Dade Circuit Pro Bono Committee. Previously, Judge Salter was in private practice at Steel Hector & Davis, Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett, and Hunton & Williams.
Presented in collaboration with Miami Law Alumni Association
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:00pm
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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