From Burnele Venable Powell, Dean, USC School of Law

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the second annual Rudolph C. Barnes Sr. Symposium at the Law School. The Barnes Symposium presents a unique opportunity to bring together the Law School and cross campus academic communities with scholars, practitioners and policy makers from around the world. Sponsored by the Law School, the Barnes Symposium provides a forum to engage in serious academic inquiry on pressing issues of law and morality understood in the broadest sense.

This year's Barnes Symposium, Religion, Ethics & Armed Conflict Law: Afghanistan, Iraq & the War on Terror, will examine the overlap between religion, ethics, armed conflict and law in the context of on-going events in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror. Prominent since 9/11, these matters impact both domestic and international law while presenting difficult choices affecting civil liberties, national security, rule of law concerns and the place of America in the world.

I hope you will join us at the Law School for a stimulating examination of these issues by prominent scholars and practitioners. Moreover, the proceedings will be shared live with overseas universities in the Southeast Asian part of the Islamic world where the Law School has operated projects since 2000. For a broader and lasting contribution, the proceedings are also being recorded and will be posted in streaming form on this website for future reference and academic use.

I look forward to seeing you at the Law School April 8th.

Burnele Venable Powell