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Law & War Conference

Law & War Conference

Dates - TBD

Dynamic lineup of academics, experts, policymakers and military leaders.  These leaders will address the impact of international politics and non­-state entities on the Laws of war and current and emerging issues in the fight against terrorism, including the adaptability of the law to the emergence of new technologies, the targeting of financial assets of terrorist groups, the criminal nature of Palestinian “Pay­-to-­Slay” scheme and the lessons learned from the war in Syria and Iraq.

itinerary
Day 1

OPENING SESSION: Welcoming remarks by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, President and Founder
of Shurat HaDin — Israel Law Center

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister for Public Security, Strategic Affairs and
Information

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE GOLDIN CASE AND CAUSE IN VIEW OF SECURITY COUNCIL
RESOLUTION 2474
Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Attorney, Mediator and Policy Advisor

 

PANEL: THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: CAN IT BE FIXED? SHOULD IT EXIST?
The past year and a half has seen state parties leave the International Criminal Court because
of allegations that the ICC is political and partial. Non-state parties have loudly protested moves
by the Office of the Prosecutor to involve the court in the national affairs of nations which did not
consent to its jurisdiction. Despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent over more than 15 years,
the ICC has successfully convicted only 3 individuals. What, if anything, can be done to make the
ICC fairer and more effective? Is a non-political international court even possible?

MODERATOR: Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Shemer, COO, Shurat HaDin and Retired Military
Advocate General’s Corps Officer

Professor Avi Bell, Professor of Law, University of San Diego and Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law
• Professor Githu Muigai, Former Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya
• Nick Kaufman, Former Prosecuting Attorney, International Criminal Court
• Professor Rachel Vanlandingham, Former Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force, Professor at
Southwestern Law School

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Avi Dichter, Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

Lunch

TED TALKS: NORTH KOREA IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., Professor of Political Science and Security Studies, Angelo State University
Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

TED TALK: ROBOTICS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE BATTLEFIELD
Dr. Liran Antebi, Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies

PANEL: CIVILIANS AS WEAPONS: GAZA AND THE GREAT MARCH OF RETURN

The Law of Armed Conflict is designed to protect the civilians from the worst aspects of war.  Historically, enemy nations sought to achieve victory by causing the civilian population
of an enemy state to suffer. Hamas seeks to exploit the death, injury and suffering of the civilians it governs as a strategy in its war against Israel. How should Israel respond against this
strategy? What does the law require? How should the law change or adapt?

MODERATOR: Daphna Liel, Channel 12 Political Correspondent
• Dr. Mordechai Kedar, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and Lecturer at Bar-Ilan
University
• Colonel (Res.) Eli Bar-On, Former Deputy Military Advocate General
• Brigadier General (Res.) Moshe (Chico) Tamir, Former Gaza Division Commander and Current
Partner and CEO of L.H.B.
• Zvi Yehezkeli, Arab Affairs Correspondent, Head of Arab Desk at Israeli News 13

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Benjamin Brafman, Founder, Brafman & Associates, P.C.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman, Former United States
Senator from Connecticut

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper, P.C.,
Former Prime Minister of Canada

EXCLUSIVE COCKTAIL PARTY

Day 2

TED TALK: INTO THE ABYSS: FACE TO FACE WITH HAMAS

Captain (Res.) Eitan Fund, Former Officer in the Givati Brigade, IDF

PANEL: LEBANON AND HEZBOLLAH: WHAT’S NEXT?
Israel has repeatedly gone to war with Hezbollah. Armed and funded by Iran, Hezbollah is a serious threat
to security in Northern Israel and to stability in Lebanon. What will Hezbollah do next? What are the latest tactics? What can the law do to stop Hezbollah from raising money and re-arming?

MODERATOR: Or Heller, Military Correspondent, Channel 13 News
• Brigadier General (Res.) Gal Hirsch, Chairman of the Israeli Leadership Institute and CEO of
Agility-Concept
• Dr. David Pollock, Ph.D. Bernstein Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
• Major General (Res.) Yair Golan, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff, IDF
• Colonel (Res.) Noam Neuman, Director of the Law of Armed Conflict Division at the Office
of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Yair Lapid, Member of Knesset, Co-Leader of Blue and White Party

TED TALK: ISRAELI SECURITY INNOVATIONS
Itsik Levy, Blockchain Analysis and Hamas Fundraising
Manuel Bar-Gil, Counterterrorism Using Robots and Technology

 

PANEL: BDS DEFEAT — ACHIEVING VICTORY AGAINST DELEGITIMIZATION

Israel’s enemies have a new tactic to boycott Israeli products and companies and send flotillas
to breach the Gaza maritime blockade. How effective, financially and politically, is this tactic? Can
Israel’s friends use the law to fight back? Is there a legal remedy for Israelis who are hurt by BDS?
MODERATOR: Anne Herzberg, Legal Advisor, NGO Monitor• Professor Eugene Kontorovich, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

• Attorney Avi Segal, Law Offices of Avraham Moshe Segal & Co.
• Attorney Jonathan Heuberger, Director for International Cooperation, Israel Ministry of
Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy
• Rabbi Dr. Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Director Global Social Action Agenda
of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

MAGEN ISRAEL AWARDS: This award is presented to brave individuals who risked their lives
to confront terrorists.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor Alan Dershowitz, Attorney, Author and Academic, Former Professor at Harvard Law School (By Skype)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Naftali Bennett, Head of the New Right Party (HaYamin HeChadash)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Honourable Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Closing remarks by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, President and Founder of Shurat HaDin —
Israel Law Center

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