Amos Guiora

Professor of Law and Director
S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah

Amos N. Guiora is professor of law at The S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.

Professor Guiora teaches Criminal Law, Global Perspectives on Counter-terrorism, Religion and Terrorism and National Security Law. In addition, Guiora incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues.

At the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Guiora in collaboration with other leading experts at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, will help lead the school’s efforts to provide cutting-edge research, innovative training, and public service initiatives in the prevention and mitigation of global conflict.

Oxford University Press will publish Professor Guiora’s book Learn from History: Lessons for Extending Constitutional Protections to an Unprotected Class – The Limits of Coercive Interrogation (forthcoming 2008) and Aspen Publishers will publish Professor Guiora’s Terrorism Primer (forthcoming 2007)

Author of  Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism (Aspen Publishers, forthcoming 2007), Professor Guiora writes and lectures extensively on issues such as “Legal Aspects of Counterterrorism,” “Global Perspectives of Counterterrorism,” “Terror Financing,” “International Law and Morality in Armed Conflict,” and “Educating IDF Commanders and Soldiers on International Law and Morality.”

His recent publications include: “Interrogating the Detainees: Extending a Hand or a Boot,” University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform;  “Using and Abusing Financial Markets—Money Laundering as the Achilles Heel of Terrorism,” co-authored with Brian Field, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic; “Quirin to Hamdan: Creating a Hybrid Paradigm for Detaining Terrorists,” Florida Journal of International Law;  “National Objectives in the Hands of Junior Leaders: IDF Experiences in Combating Terror,” co-authored with Martha Minow of Harvard University, which will appear in the book Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century (Praeger Security International, 2007); “A Framework for Evaluating Counterterrorism Regulations,” with Jerry Ellig and Kyle McKenzie, Mercatus policy Series; “Transnational Comparative Analysis of Balancing Competing Interests in Counterterrorism,” Temple International & Comparative Law Journal; and “Where are Terrorists to be Tried – A Comparative Analysis of Rights Granted to Suspected Terrorists,” Catholic University Law Review.

In February, 2007, Professor Guiora was a panelist at Stanford Law School’s Global Constitutionalism conference about the “Effects of Other Nations’ Law on U.S. Jurisprudence.”

In December 2005, Professor Guiora debated the challenge of balancing legitimate national-security interests with the civil liberties of the individual in “The Guantanamo Debate,” hosted by the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in Boston, with Georgetown professor David Cole.

Professor Guiora was the Constitution Day speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law and also spoke at Hamline University and Washington University School of Law. In addition, he presented papers at the Istanbul Conference on Global Security and Democracy, an NYU labor conference in Italy, and at a conference on torture and human rights at West Point. Professor Guiora has chaired daylong symposia on terrorism and torture, a roundtable on religion and violence, and a unique simulation-based symposium on bioterrorism, “The Fifth Plague,” at Case School of Law.

As an expert commentator, he is frequently interviewed and quoted and has been published in the national and international media, including CNN, The Washington Post, PBS, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, C-Span, The Christian Science Monitor, Fox TV, the New York Daily News, KQV Newsradio Pittsburgh, Wisconsin Public Radio; Minnesota Public Radio; NPR; Fox TV; Chicago Sun Times; Voice of America; Wall Street Journal; WCPN; Associated Press; Seattle Post-Intelligence.

In the Spring of 2007 Guiora was the Blaine Distinguished Scholar at Washington and Jefferson College and in the Spring of 2006, Guiora was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Kenyon College. In July 2006, he taught “Religion and Terrorism,” at the Case School of Law ABA-approved Summer Institute for Global Justice in The Netherlands, cosponsored by Washington University School of Law and Utrecht University where he will teach in December, 2007.

Prior to joining the S. J. Quinney faculty, Guiora was Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Law School, seeking to impact the public debate with regard to national and international security. A grant application submitted by Prof. Guiora for an “Education Program for Prosecutors” was approved and funded for $250,000 by the Department of Justice.

Before joining Case in 2004, Professor Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Lt. Col. Ret.). 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.

Professor Guiora 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.

During his military service, Professor Guiora was involved in important legal and policy-making issues, including 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 graduated from Kenyon College in 1979 (Honors in History) and from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985.

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