Since 9/11, U.S. lawmakers have aggressively sought to outdo each other in looking tough on terror. Congress’s overall stance on counterterrorism has been more aggressive than either the courts or the Executive Branch; in important respects, it has been an obstacle in efforts to ramp down the war on terror. Notable among exceptions are proposals to strip terrorists of their U.S. citizenship. The bipartisan rejection of such proposals presents a puzzle. In this presentation, Prof. Peter Spiro seeks to explain the rejection of a terrorism ground for terminating U.S. citizenship.
Peter J. Spiro holds the Charles Weiner Chair in international law at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. A former law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, Spiro
specializes in international, immigration, and constitutional law. He is the author of Beyond
Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization. He also writes for the leading international law blog, Opinio Juris.