Israeli soldiers imbued with a sense of moral behavior from their first day of basic training, are now threatened with war crimes prosecutions in international courtrooms. According to Nitsana-Darshan Leitner, President of Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, a Tel-Aviv based civil rights NGO, “our soldiers who follow the law are in terrible danger from enemies who have no regard for the law. Just as it is their responsibility to protect us, it is our responsibility to protect them.”
Shurat HaDin is at the epicenter of the legal battle to defend Israel’s soldiers. Building on its acclaimed legal strategy utilizing courtrooms worldwide to stop terrorist funding, it is expanding its reach and training activists and attorneys to do the same with its Advocacy Seminar in Israel / Law and War Conference in Jerusalem from June 1-7, 2020.
The conference runs from June 1-2 and brings together leading academics, attorneys, experts, policymakers, and military leaders to confront the impact of international politics and non-state entities on the laws of war and current emerging issues in the fight against terrorism.
Drawing over 500 participants per day from all over the world, including public officials and dignitaries from Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Israel, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sweden, the United States, and Zambia, the conference has been an overwhelming success.
Highlights from 2019 include the “Magen Israel” award ceremony recognizing citizens who fought back against terror as well as keynote speeches by prominent leaders. Participants were privileged to hear from the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable Senator Joseph Lieberman, renowned Attorney Benjamin Brafman, Minister Naftali Bennett, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Avi Dichter, former Shin Bet Director and Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Yair Lapid and Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister for Public Security and Strategic Affairs.
The Advocacy Seminar overlaps with the Law and War Conference continuing through June 7 with a smaller group of activists and lawyers. Participants will learn how to defend Israel through lectures and workshops with top activists, academics, attorneys, and Judges, highlighted by exclusive access to the IDF Military Court and the Israeli Supreme Court featuring speeches by Judge Menachem Lieberman and Supreme Court Justice Gavriel Bach.
Participants will learn how to combat terror and money laundering, advocate for Israel, and defeat the growing anti-Semitic movements such as BDS. Seminar and Conference programming is eligible for 15-24 continuing legal education (CLE) credits from all relevant U.S. state bar associations. It also counts toward CPD credits as Substantive Hours in Upper Canada, British Columbia, and Victoria Australia.