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Israeli expert in counter-terrorism to teach at Case law school

Photo: Amos N. GuioraWhen Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law decided to teach national security law, it turned to its 1985 graduate, Amos N. Guiora, from the Israel Defense Forces, an expert in the legal aspects of security and counter-terrorism. Guiora will spend the next year at the law school as a visiting member of the law faculty.

Part of the legal expertise Guiora brings to Case is negotiations in Washington, D.C., of the “safe passage” agreement between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with the Palestinians, the Gaza-Jericho Agreement and the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement. Guiora has also served as Judge Advocate of the Israeli Navy during the capture of the Katrine A—a Palestinian gun-running ship.

His legal expertise was integral in forging the Gaza-Jericho Agreement and the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement.

“Over the years, Amos Guiora has been a frequent visitor and lecturer at the Case School of Law,” said Gerald Korngold, McCurdy Professor and dean of the law school. “Amos continually has received an overwhelming reception by the students and faculty. His wealth of knowledge and expertise in security issues at the national and international levels will enhance the education provided to Case law students and the Case community.”

Guiora, who was born in Israel but moved to the United States before the first grade and has dual citizenship, grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and attended Kenyon College where he graduated in 1979 with honors in history. He claims to own one of the largest Wolverine football tape collections outside the United States.

Prior to attending law school at Case, Guiora worked in Washington, D.C., for two years as assistant to U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe (D-Mich.) and one year for a communications consulting company.

Shortly after graduating from Case, he moved to Israel and was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

“Over the past 18 years, I have been very involved in national security/counter-terrorism issues, in negotiating with the Palestinians and teaching international and counter-terrorism law,” elaborated Guiora via email from Israel.

He also held senior positions as Commander of the Israeli Defense Forces School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command and Lead Advisor to the Gaza Strip.

During a NATO conference in Prague, Guiora came to the international media’s attention with his demonstration of interactive software that he developed that teaches IDF commanders and soldiers an 11-point code of conduct in their relationship with Palestinian citizens during conflicts. He also has shown the software to the U.S. military and government officials in Washington, D.C.

“It is the only such software in the world and has had incredible responses from the target audience of the IDF commanders and soldiers and from the international community,” he said. The software that was developed at the IDF School of Military Law commanded by Guiora until recently has been translated into English and made available internationally.

At the Case law school, Guiora will teach classes in national security and counter-terrorism.

Michael Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, said national security has become a “hot topic” in the legal community.

The national security offerings will enhance the Cox Center’s programs, which include a lab in which students prepare research memos for major war crime trials and a training program for Iraqi judges and lawyers in human rights and international humanitarian law under Iraq’s new democratic legal system.

After his arrival on August 9, Guiora and Scharf will co-chair a major international conference entitled, “Terrorism on Trial,” on Friday, October 8, at the law school. International experts on terrorism, counsel from the Pan Am 103 trial and best-selling authors of books about terrorism will discuss legal strategies to counter terrorism around the world. This conference is an official Regional Meeting of the American Society of International Law and of the International Law Association (American branch) and is also the annual meeting of the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section).


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