If government lawyers approve torture in the name of national security, do they violate legal ethics? And how should we respond? These are a couple of the questions noted author and legal activist David J. Luban will examine when he discusses this timely topic affecting those in the legal profession and government policymakers Friday, April 3, at West Virginia University.

Luban will speak at the WVU Law Center at 11 a.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. His talk, part of the Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture Series on Public Policy and Ethics, is presented through the collaboration of the WVU College of Law and Mark R. Wicclair, professor in the Department of Philosophy, in observance of Applied Ethics Day.

The event, titledTorture and the Legal Profession,will be webcast live and archived at http://lawmediasite.wvu.edu/mediasite/catalog . The event is free and open to the public.

Luban received his bachelors degree from the University of Chicago and doctorate in philosophy from Yale University. He joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center in 1997. Prior to that, he was at the University of Marylands Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and its law school.

Luban taught philosophy at Yale and Kent State universities before moving to Maryland. He has held visiting appointments in law at Harvard, Stanford and Yale law schools and visiting appointments in philosophy at Dartmouth College and the University of Melbourne.

In 1982, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institutes in Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany. In addition, Luban has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and held a Guggenheim Fellowship. He also received the Keck Fellowship for distinguished scholarship in legal ethics, the Sanford D. Levy award of the New York State Bar Association and Georgetowns Frank Flegal teaching award.

Luban has published numerous articles and books, includingLegal Ethics and Human Dignity(Cambridge University Press, 2007). He writes on legal ethics, legal theory, international criminal law, just war theory and most recently U.S. torture policy.

His courses include American Legal Profession, International Criminal Law and Legal Justice, as well as several seminars such asJust and Unjust Wars.He has also taught in the Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetowns political asylum clinic.