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FGCU Professor Presents Research on USA PATRIOT Act at Oxford University

FORT MYERS, FL - Pamella Seay, associate professor of law at Florida Gulf Coast University, presented "A Critical Balance: The USA PATRIOT Act Fighting Terrorism, Preserving Freedom" at the prestigious Oxford Round Table last month at the University of Oxford in England.

Established in 1989, the Oxford Round Table is an annual forum where select leaders in both the public and private sectors are invited to present research and participate in the discussion of emerging global issues. The subject of this year's round table centered on criminal law and justice.

Seay's presentation focused on the challenges facing law enforcement and intelligence agencies in utilizing the USA PATRIOT Act in the war on terrorism.

"Disagreement over its implementation abound but there is a consensus that it is necessary," Seay said.

The acronym, USA PATRIOT, stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.

"Its importance has been reflected in the extensive debates which have taken place in Congress since its adoption on October 2001, and earlier this year regarding its renewal. The USA PATRIOT Act is a key provision in the fight on terror. Though certain sections have both critics and supporters, none is willing to say the Act is unnecessary," Seay said.

The results of the Oxford Round Table deliberations are published and made available to policymakers and academic libraries around the world.

Seay presents further research on the implementation of the Act this year at the International Cultural Research Network Conference at Aristotle University in Greece.

Seay is originally from Trenton, Mich, and a graduate of Kendall College of Arts and Design of Ferris State University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is currently chair of the Florida Bar International Law Certification Committee.

For more information, media representatives should contact Seay at (239) 590-7830 or (941) 527-1661 or

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