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Human Rights, Terrorism, and the Dilemma of Israeli Democracy

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Gratz College Stern Family Lecture on Israel Studies presents Dr. Amos N. Guiora. One of the greatest challenges facing a democracy is balancing legitimate individual rights with equally legitimate national security rights. The challenge is compounded when threats are posed by state and non-state actors alike.

In developing, and implementing, a counter-terrorism policy subject to the restraints imposed by the rule of law and active judicial review, Israeli decision makers and IDF commanders must consistently seek to balance powerful competing tensions.

Drawing on his 20 years of experience (1986-2005) as a senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Judge Advocate General Corps, Professor Amos Guiora will address these issues incorporating specific events and policies with which he was involved while drawing on his academic research and writings.

About Professor Guiora: He is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces. He has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Ph.D from Leiden University. He has published extensively both in the United States and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights.

His numerous books include Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security (2009), Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism (2014), and most recently The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (2017) and Earl Warren, Ernesto Miranda and Terrorism (2018). Continuing Legal Education(CLE) credit available $40. Lecture is free and open to the public. Pre-Registration is requested


February 19
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Gratz College


Gratz College, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park PA
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Melrose Park, PA 19027 United States
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