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From the Law Books to the Battlefield: A Conversation with Gadi Ezra

Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00-8:30PM | Location Upon R.S.V.P.

As both a human rights attorney and a soldier in the Israeli Special Forces, Gadi Ezra holds an unparalleled perspective on war. Ezra headed the Laws of War desk at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he advised policy makers and diplomats on humanitarian law, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights and sanctions regimes. While studying law in Tel-Aviv, Ezra was recruited to fight in Operation Cast Lead, during which his Special Forces unit was among the first infantry units to enter the Gaza Strip. Drawing from his personal experiences and his background as a human rights lawyer, Ezra examines the dilemmas that today’s soldiers face, including the complexities of abiding by the laws of warfare during actual combat. Please register here for this event. 

Image result for gadi ezraGadi Ezra was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential leaders in Israel under the age of 30. Recently, he was chosen to partake in the Flagship Program of the World Jewish Congress (“The Jewish Diplomatic Corps”). Ezra earned three law degrees from both Tel-Aviv University and NYU School of Law, specializing in the laws of war, public law, and human rights law. At NYU, Ezra was the first Israeli chosen to deliver the convocation speech on behalf of his classmates at graduation. Ezra was also selected to clerk directly for the State Attorney of Israel, Mr. Moshe Lador, and to participate in cardinal decision-making processes.