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Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

The intersection of national security and human rights

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Date & time

Mar 22, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Join the conversation: #policytalks

Towsley Policymaker in Residence Hardy Vieux (MPP/JD '97) will moderate a panel discussion on the intersection of human rights and U.S. national security.

Cosponsored with Human Rights First.


  • Rear Admiral John Dudley Hutson, former United States Navy officer, attorney, and former Judge Advocate General of the Navy.
  • Phil Klay, American author, Dartmouth graduate, and former Marine, who frequently writes for The New York Times.
  • Ian Fishback, University of Michigan PhD Candidate in Philosophy and former United States Army officer.
  • Moderator: Hardy Vieux, Legal Director at Human Rights First, Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence

From the speakers' bios

John D. Hutson was born in North Muskegon, Michigan. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from Michigan State University in 1969. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1972. Upon admission to the State Bar of Michigan, he attended the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I. In 1973, he was assigned to the Law Center in Corpus Christi, TX, where he served as Chief Defense Counsel and Chief Trial Counsel. In 1975, he was transferred to Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, CA. He served as the Station legal officer for two years before returning to Newport to serve as an instructor at the Naval Justice School, where he taught Civil Law, Procedure, and Evidence. In 1980, Hutson attended Georgetown University Law Center where he earned a Master of Laws degree in labor law. He was then assigned as a legislative counsel in the first of three tours in the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Navy. In 1984, he was assigned to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME, where he served both as Staff Judge Advocate and Administrative Officer. Hutson assumed duty as Executive Officer of the Naval Legal Service Office, Newport, RI, in 1987. In 1989, he returned to Washington, DC, to serve as Staff Judge Advocate and Executive Assistant to the Commander, Naval Investigative Command. In August 1989, Hutson moved to the Office of Legislative Affairs as Director of Legislation. Between October 1992, and November 1993, he was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. In November, 1993, he resumed duty in the Office of Legislative Affairs. In August 1994, he assumed duty as Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office, Europe and Southwest Asia, located in Naples, Italy. In July 1996, Hutson returned to the Naval Justice School as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, and assumed duties as the Judge Advocate General of the Navy in May 1997. He also served as the DOD/JCS Representative for Ocean Policy. Hutson served as Dean & President of the University of New Hampshire School of Law from July 2000 through January 2011. Hutson was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.

Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere. In 2014 Klay’s short story collection Redeployment won the National Book Award for Fiction. He was also shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and named a National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' honoree. In 2015 he received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundations James Webb award for fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, the Chautauqua Prize, and the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing.

Ian Fishback is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy who holds an M.A. from the Department of Political Science.  His research interests are political and moral philosophy, moral psychology, conflict studies, the law of armed conflict, and criminal law.  He is writing a dissertation on the relationship between the morality and law with respect to two principles: proportionality and necessity. Ian has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Prior to transitioning to academia, he served as an officer in the paratroopers and Special Forces from 2001-2010, including four combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He also served as a philosophy instructor at West Point from 2012-2015. TIME magazine named Ian one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his role in reforming detainee treatment standards in the US military from 2005-6.

Moderator Hardy Vieux is the legal director at Human Rights First, “an independent advocacy and action organization” that uses American influence to protect “human rights and the rule of law." He currently manages the organization’s refugee representation work. Previously, he worked for Save the Children International on issues impacting Syrian refugee children in Amman, Jordan. Within HRF, Vieux leads the refugee representation program, which arranges pro bono legal representation and addresses the psychosocial needs of clients seeking asylum. In addition, Human Rights First is currently conducting campaigns to protect LGBT rights, to prevent the torture of terrorism suspects and to close Guantanamo, and to fight anti-Semitism. While most other organizations specialize in one activity or the other, one of HRF’s strengths is that its direct legal services work informs its advocacy and vice versa. Vieux teaches at the Ford School during the Winter 2017 semester as Towsley Policymaker in Residence.

About the Towsley Policymaker in Residence program

The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence program (T-PMR) was established in 2002 to bring individuals with significant national and/or international policymaking experience to campus, enhancing our curriculum and strengthening our school's ties to the policy community.

Co-sponsored by Human Rights First, the International Policy Center, and Ford+SPPG Conference.