THE RULE OF LAW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
P. Sabin Willett
Attorney for Uighur detainees at GTMO
An interview with P. Sabin Willett conducted June 25, 2009 and May 3, 2010 by Ronald J. Grele for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.
P. Sabin Willett is a Partner at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen. He concentrates his practice in commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Since 2005, he has also been active in Bingham McCuthchen’s work attempting to restore the rule of law at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Willett’s team won the first review of a Guantánamo prisoner’s case under the Detainee Treatment Act in 2008 and obtained the first-ever merits review of Guantánamo habeas cases in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Highlights of this interview include Mr. Willett’s discussions of his first awareness of violations of the Geneva Conventions at Guantánamo Bay; his decision to provide pro bono legal representation to the Uighurs at Guantánamo Bay; and his role in resettling four of his Uighur clients in Bermuda.