Israel, March 2010
In March we held an evening seminar together with the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center on “Transitional Justice” The seminar was moderated by Adv. Sigall Horovitz and participants included Adv. Charles A. Caruso, a former Assistant US Attorney and Federal Prosecutor, who was involved in the Justice Sector Assistance Project led by the US State Department in the West Bank and Mr. Itai Anghel, a noted Israeli journalist, winner of the ‘Sokolov Prize’ and a recipient of the ‘Cutting Edge Prize’ in 2010 which was awarded to him at the Annual International Media Awards in London.
IAJLJ for Gilad Shalit
Democratic and Legal Norms in the Age of Terror
At the end of June the IAJLJ hosted an international conference in London themed ‘Democratic and Legal Norms in the Age of Terror’. The importance of this conference [(including the decision to hold it in London)] was twofold: (a) London was chosen due to: (i) the complexity of the universal jurisdictional approach it tends to adopt and the IAJLJ’s desire to establish some form of debate between Israel and the UK on the subject; and (ii) it having been one of the instrumental cities that had initiated boycotts against Israeli academics and academic institutions (another legal aspect dealt with during the course of the conference); and (b) since the IAJLJ aspired to ‘put its stamp’ where Israel is portrayed in a negative light, particularly where Israel is depicted in a way compelling it to prove its right to exist. The opening and formal event of the conference took place at the prestigious Gray’s Inn’s Halls where the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denis MacShane delivered the keynote presentation. The conference sessions were conducted at the SOAS Institute, part of the University of London. Well known professors such as the Rt. Hon. Lord Peter Goldsmith, QC, the Hon. Prof. Irwin Cotler (Canadian MP and former Minister of Justice), the Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and the respective Israeli Ambassadors to the UK and France, were presenters at this conference. More that 100 jurists from around the globe attended and actively participated in the legal discussions and exchange of opinions that were held after each session.