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IHL – Director, Faculty and Guest Lecturers

Professors Jeremy Telman and Yaël Ronen will co-teach the course on International Humanitarian Law in Israel and Palestine.

JeremyTellmanProfessor D. A. Jeremy Telman has a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.  He has taught courses on public international law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law for the past ten years.  Prior to attending law school, he taught history courses, including one on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he has written on the history of anti-Semitism and on the conflict in the modern Middle East.  He has extensive experience and contacts in Israel.  He lived there in 1981-82; his parents, brother, three nephews and a niece all currently live there.  He visits frequently and has toured widely in the country.  He has twice participated in Valparaiso University Law School’s five-week summer program in Cambridge.  In 2011, he served as Program Director. His main scholarly and teaching interests lie at the intersection of public international law and U.S. constitutional law, and his scholarship has appeared in Austrian, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Serbian South African, U.K., and U.S. publications. 

yael_ronenYaël Ronen is a Professor of public international law at the Sha’arei Mishpat Academic Center, Israel. She received her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2006. Prior to embarking on an academic career she has served as a diplomat and lawyer in the Israeli Foreign Service, during which time she participated in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the Interim Agreement for the West Bank and Gaza Strip (the Oslo Accord). She also served as legal advisor to the Israeli Mission to the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee. Professor Ronen’s areas of interest include statehood and territorial status, the laws of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law, as well as the intersection between these areas of law. In recent years she has taught courses on international humanitarian law and human rights, focusing on armed conflict situations and specifically on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in numerous law schools in Israel, as well as in a Human Rights Summer School held jointly by the Hebrew University and McGill University, Montreal. She is a regular lecturer in courses held in Israel by the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has written on issues such as the notion of ‘illegal occupation’, ICC jurisdiction over acts committed in the Gaza Strip, the right of settlers under illegal regimes, the law applicable to employment of Palestinians working in the Occupied Territories, and compensation to victims of lawful attacks under IHL. Her articles have appeared in the Vanderbilt JIL, Berkeley JIL, Cornel ILJ, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Leiden JIL and more. Her Transition from Illegal Regimes under International Law was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

 2015 Guest Lecturers
(most of whom are expected to return in 2016)

Harel Arnon photoDr. Harel Arnon is a Jerusalem based litigator. He was admitted to the Israel Bar in 2001 after receiving his LL.B. and M.A. (Phil.) (magna cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University and two Supreme Court clerkships (Chief Justice Aharon Barak and Justice Izhak Englard).  Dr. Arnon completed his doctoral studies at Harvard Law School (as a Fulbright Scholar) and practiced law in New York (Skadden, Arps) for four years. His book, A Theory of Direct Legislation, dealing with initiatives in the United States, was published in 2008. In 2013, he co-edited the book Land Law and International law in Judea and Samaria (Hebrew). Dr. Arnon’s practice includes litigating complex issues involving the Israeli settlements and land related conflicts in Judea and Samaria and he appears frequently in the Supreme Court of Israel. Dr. Arnon is considered a legal expert in issues involving Judea and Samaria and he regularly advices members of Knesset as well as government ministers and public officials.

Gadi Baltiansky photoGadi Baltiansky is the Director General of the “Geneva Initiative – Israel” – an NGO that deals with the Middle East peace process, focusing on advocacy, research and public education. The main purpose of the organization, established in December 2003 upon reaching the informal model for peace known as the “Geneva Accord”, is to promote a comprehensive agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Between 1999 and 2001 Gadi served as the Press Secretary for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and was an official member of the Israeli negotiation teams with Syria and the Palestinians. Gadi served as a career diplomat at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Among his positions: Press Counselor at the Embassy in Washington, advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister, and assistant to the Director General. Gadi holds a M.A. in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

IHL_LarryLarry Maybee is the Head of Legal Department for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation for Israel and the Occupied Territories. He also held this position previously, during 2008-2009. From 2009-2014 Mr. Maybee was the
ICRC Regional Delegate to Armed and Security Forces for South East Asia and the Pacific, where he was responsible for capacity building and developing relations between the ICRC and the Armed Forces of several countries in the region, as well as U.S. Pacific Command. Mr. Maybee has also held positions as the ICRC Regional Legal Adviser for South Asia (covering India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar) and Legal Adviser for ICRC operations in Iraq.Mr. Maybee joined the ICRC in 2004 following a 26-year military career as a combat arms and legal officer in both the Canadian and New Zealand Defence Forces. For several years, he held the position of Head of International and Operations Law for the NZDF. Mr. Maybee has operational experience in several peace support and other operations, including in Bosnia, Croatia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea (Bougainville), and the Middle East. Larry Maybee has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics Degree (BBA), from the University of New Brunswick, Canada; a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), also from the University of New Brunswick; and a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in International Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Smadar Ben Natan photoAdv. Smadar Ben-Natan is a prominent Israeli human rights lawyer with an 18 years’ experience, and currently a PhD candidate at Tel-Aviv University. She holds an LLB from Tel-Aviv University and a Masters of international human rights law (with distinction) from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include human rights and international humanitarian law, human rights in criminal proceedings, military courts and tribunals and the politics of law. Her publications discuss Prisoners-of-War status for Palestinian prisoners, reflections of patriotism in the Israeli trial of Hezbollah fighters, Juvenile justice in the military courts, and most recently the application of Israeli law in the military courts of the OPT. Adv. Ben-Natan She had dealt extensively with legal issues concerning the OPT, international humanitarian law and international human rights law throughout her practice and consulted various NGOs, such as the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, Al Mezan center for human rights in Gaza, and Machsom Watch.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner photoNitsana Darshan Leitner was born in Israel and raised in Petach Tikva. Her family, formerly well-to-do Iranian Jews who fled Iran’s Islamic regime in the early 1950s, encouraged her passion, courage, and life-dedication to justice. Today, Nitsana is well known in Israel and throughout the Jewish world for her assertive and successful pursuit of compensation for victims of terror.
As a law student and human rights activist at Bar Ilan University, Nitsana got her first taste of arguing a case before the Supreme Court of Israel shortly after the 1993 Oslo Accords were signed. She, along with a group of fellow students, filed a petition with the Israeli High Court of Justice on behalf of the victims of the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking, during which a wheelchair-bound Jewish passenger was tossed overboard. They argued that the Attorney General should forbid the master mind of the hijacking, Muhammad (Abu) Abbas, from entering Israel. Although the petition was rejected, the experience led Nitsana to realize there was tremendous potential in bringing legal action against terrorists. Through her husband, Nitsana became acquainted with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights group organization that used lawsuits to fight against hate groups in America and defending the rights of individuals that are the target of these groups. Encountering the methods of the group transformed Nitsana’s understanding of how lawyers could counter terrorism. Specifically, she realized that because terrorism operates outside the law, it created injustice in ways ordinary law enforcement could not address. However, terrorists still need to be able to run a business: they need offices, capital, and organizational abilities. Legal action could be used to drive terrorists out of business. In 2000, Nitsana sued the Palestinian Authority on behalf of a victim that was lynched in a Ramallah police station, and obtained approximately a $13 million dollar judgment in Israel. Nitsana decided to found the Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center in 2003, which today is one of Israel’s foremost independent human advocacy group, and has scored judgments of millions of dollars on behalf of victims of terror against countries that support terrorists as well as terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Gilad Noam photoDr. Gilad Noam is the Director of International Humanitarian and Criminal Law at the International Law Department in the State’s Attorney’s Office, at the Ministry of Justice of the State of Israel. Dr. Noam is also a lecturer in international criminal law and public international law at various academic institutions. Prior to his current position at the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Noam was a teaching fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law. Ealire he had served as a legal assistant to Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinisch. A recipient of several scholarships and prizes, including the prestigious Wolf Foundation Prize for Excelling PhD Students, Dr. Noam was awarded his Doctorate from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, where he wrote his dissertation on “Allocation of Judicial Power between Domestic and International Courts and Tribunals – Some Guidelines for the International Criminal Law System”. He holds an LL.M and LL.B in law and humanities (Arabic literature) from the Hebrew University. Dr. Noam has participated in various international research groups, on issues such as the effectiveness of international courts and migration of criminal law principles from national to international law, and has published on issues of international criminal law, treaty-making powers in Israel and the suppression of the financing of terrorism.

Pnina Sharvit Baruch photoPnina Sharvit Baruch, a senior research associate at INSS, retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2009, after serving in the International Law Department there for twenty years, five of which (2003 – 2009), she was head of the Department. In this capacity, Adv. Sharvit Baruch was a senior legal advisor responsible for advising IDF commanders and decision makers at the governmental level on a wide variety of issues relating to international law and administrative law, among them: the laws of armed conflict and occupation of territory; naval law; counter-terrorism; security liaison; border demarcation; and conflict resolution. Adv. Sharvit Baruch served as a legal advisor in Israel’s delegations to negotiations with the Palestinians, from the early contacts and thereafter. In 2000, she also participated in the negotiations with Syria. Following her retirement from the IDF with the rank of colonel, Adv. Sharvit Baruch joined the faculty of the Tel Aviv University Law School, where she teaches courses related to public international law and conflict resolution, and also teaches international law at the National Security College. She has also published several articles on issues relating to these topics. Adv. Sharvit Baruch holds an LL.B. degree (magna cum laude) and an LL.M. degree (magna cum laude), both from Tel Aviv University.

Bana Shougri photoAttorney Bana Shoughry-Badarne, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, has been practicing human rights law since 1999. She holds LL.B degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and LL.M degree in international law from Washington College of Law, American University in Washington DC. Following her eight year tenure at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) where she directed ACRI’s legal advocacy efforts on behalf of the Palestinian Bedouin community in the unrecognized villages, she became the Legal Director & the Legal Advisor of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI). In July 2014 she became the Clinical
director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the Hebrew University and teaches the course “Torture: legal prohibition and practice”. She also volunteers in several Palestinian feminist organizations. She has expertise in civil, political, social and cultural human rights in Israel in addition to women’s human rights and Islamic law.