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Law & Security: Perspectives from the Field and Beyond

The conference was a joint effort of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC, the Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism at Syracuse University, and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.  It began on June 30th with a keynote speech and a dinner, followed by two days of panels on topics including the rule of law, maritime security, cyber-warfare, drones, and the role of courts in balancing law and security.  

The objective of the conference was to encourage the dialogue between various experts on questions related to law, security, and counter-terrorism.  Experts included lawyers working for governments, prosecutors at international tribunals, judges on national courts dealing with terror, UN officials, representatives of the private sector, and military legal advisers.   All of these experts deal with law and security but with different tools, and different goals.

 The conference provided a unique opportunity for a discussion on the challenges they face, and the solutions they’ve found.  Speakers included Professors Michael Schmitt and Eric Jensen, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, Judge Maraga of the Kenyan Court of Appeal, Professor Gad Barzilai (Dean of Haifa Law School), Israeli security and military experts, and more.