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Constitutional Torts and the War on Terror

James E. Pfander


This book focuses on the judicial handling of constitutional tort claims arising from the war on terror, while examining the response of the federal courts to claims seeking redress for victims of human rights abuses committed during the Bush administration. To date, in over fifteen years of litigation not a single federal appellate court has confirmed an award of damages to victims of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. The silence of the federal courts leaves victims without redress and the constitutional limits on government accountability undefined. Litigation to secure an ... More

Keywords: constitutional tort litigation, torture, redress for victims, government accountability, Supreme Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190495282
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Pfander, author
Owen L. Coon Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law