The Obama administration’s two-pronged approach of closing legal gaps and studying effective means of interrogation, in fact, helps illuminate the moral point at stake.
Author profile: Steven J. Barela
Steven J. Barela is an assistant professor at the University of Geneva in the Global Studies Institute and a member of the law faculty. Born and raised in the US, he was a flight attendant for United Airlines on 9/11 who turned to academia in its wake. After initiating his university education in the US, he studied in Madrid, Valladolid, Paris, and México D.F. He is trilingual and in addition to his Ph.D. in law from the University of Geneva, he holds three master’s degrees: M.A. degrees in Latin American Studies and International Studies, along with an LL.M. in international humanitarian law and human rights. On top of teaching at the University of Geneva, he has taught at the Korbel School of Denver University, and lectured for l’Université Laval (Québec), Science Po Bordeaux, UCLA, and the Geneva Academy. He published a monograph on counterterrorism with Routledge in 2014 and an edited volume on armed drones with Ashgate in 2015.