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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Amos Guiora discusses the topic of his book, *Freedom from Religion*. In his book, Professor Guiora invites policy-makers and concerned citizens to consider an unusual technique for curtailing the threat of new terrorist attacks: curtailing religious freedom. He argues that Western and Middle Eastern tolerance of religious extremism has led to the current security crisis that our world now faces. By exploring the different policies and challenges arising in five countries (the U.S., The UK, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Israel), Professor Guiora adds a novel argument to the global debate on religion's relationship to terror. The lecture examines whether First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion should be re-articulated. The issues and ideas presented bear directly on cases involving questions of speech and religion.

In collaboration with other leading experts at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor Guiora helps lead the school's efforts to provide cutting-edge research, innovative training, and public service initiatives in the prevention and mitigation of global conflict. Professor Guiora writes and lectures extensively on issues such as the legal aspects of counterterrorism, rearticulating international law, global perspectives on counterterrorism, terror financing, international law and morality in armed conflict, educating IDF commanders and soldiers on international law and morality, religion and terrorism, domestic terror courts, self defense, and geo-politics and international law. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on handling terrorism detainees within the American justice system, and before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on the effectiveness, accountability, and resilience in homeland security. As an expert commentator, Professor Guiora is frequently interviewed by and quoted in the media, including CNN, the Washington Post, PBS, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the BBC, the Associated Press, the Jersualem Post, Al-Jazerrah TV, the Bloomberg Report, C-Span, the Christian Science Monitor, Fox TV, the New York Daily News, and NPR. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, Professor Guiora was Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Before joining Case Western in 2004, Professor Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General's Corps (Lt. Col. Ret.), where he held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, and the Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip. During his military service, Professor Guiora was involved in the capture of the PLO weapons ship Karine A, implementation of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, and "Safe Passage" between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Professor Guiora also had command responsibility for the development of an interactive software program that teaches an eleven point code-of-conduct based on International Law, Israeli Law, and the IDF code. This internationally acclaimed program is used to teach IDF soldiers and commanders their obligations regarding a civilian population during an armed conflict. Based on this experience, Professor Guiora was invited by the Center for Civic Education and Leadership Development of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany to discuss research and developments in the ethical education of armed forces. Professor Guiora teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism, and Religion and Terrorism, and he uses innovative scenario-based instruction methods to educate students regarding national and international security issues.