Associate Professor Karen Sokol presented “East Meets West in Civil Disobedience Theory and Beyond: The Case of Edward Snowden” for a discussion group on Edward Snowden at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference. Loyola Professor Patrick Hugg moderated the discussion. Sokol’s presentation was based on an essay she wrote for the upcoming spring 2015 volume of The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence.
In June 2013, Edward Snowden disclosed many thousands of classified documents from U.S. National Security Agency sources, revealing extensive, global surveillance by the NSA with the cooperation of technology companies and numerous governments. Snowden was subsequently charged by the U.S. government with numerous counts of espionage and theft of government property. He fled to Russia, where he remains.