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Saturday October 2nd, 2010

Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security

Amos Guiora, Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Saturday October 2, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

In his talk, Amos Guiora will discuss the topic of his book, Freedom from Religion. In his book, Prof. Guiora invites policy-makers and concerned citizens to consider an unusual technique for curtailing the threat of new terrorist attacks: curtailing religious freedom. He argues that Western and Middle Eastern tolerance of religious extremism has led to the current security crisis that our world now faces. By exploring the different policies and challenges arising in five countries (the U.S., The UK, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Israel), Prof. Guiora adds a novel argument to the global debate on religion�s relationship to terror.

The lecture will examine whether First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion should be rearticulated. The issues and ideas presented bear directly on cases involving questions of speech and religion.

Additional Information About Our Guest

Amos Guiora is a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. Guiora who teaches Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism and Religion and Terrorism incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and dilemmas. He is a Member of the American Bar Association’s Law and National Security Advisory Committee, a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya, Israel, a Corresponding Member, The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht School of Law and was awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands in 2008. Professor Guiora has published extensively both in the U.S. and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power and multiculturalism and human rights. He is the author of Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism, Fundamentals of Counterterrorism, Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation, and Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security. He served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law and Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.