Students to Present at National Security Symposium
BYU Law Students Marshall Thompson (3L) and his wife Kristen Olsen (2L) have been chosen to present at the Third Decennial Symposium for Latter-day Saint National Security Professionals in Washington, D.C. April 26-27. Both Thompson and Olsen feel passionately about LDS values and the role they can play in national security, which helped form the premise of their presentations.
During the symposium, Thompson will base his presentation on the interrogation program set into practice after September 11, 2001. He compares the program to LDS doctrine, international law and U.S. domestic law.
“I would eventually like to work in human rights and this is an excellent opportunity to discuss laws and ethics at a high level,” Thompson said. “I also felt a strong moral obligation to argue for this particular issue.”
Another focus of the symposium deals with LDS just war doctrine. Olsen has based her presentation around the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine found in Genesis 14. She analyzes Abraham’s war using modern day R2P principles and shows how ancient doctrine applies to modern R2P ideals.
“I'm not sure what kind of legal career I will pursue, but I am interested in international legal issues, so this symposium has given me an opportunity to learn more about a specific international issue,” Olsen said.
Both students received guidance from Professor Eric Jensen throughout the process and wish to express appreciation for his profound knowledge and support.
“We would really like to thank Professor Jensen for encouraging us to write these papers and for offering guidance along the way,” Thompson said. “His knowledge of international law and his connections in the field have been a great resource for BYU law students,” Olsen added.
Posted:April 18, 2013