Gadi Ezra will present his unique perspective as a human rights attorney and an Israeli soldier when he speaks on "From the Law Books to the Battlefield."
Drawing from his personal experience as well as his background as a human rights lawyer, he will examine the complexities of applying the laws of warfare in actual combat, illustrating modern challenges using first-hand experiences. He will look at the difficult dilemmas soldiers face in modern warfare and the high standards applied in the IDF despite gaps in the law.
A recipient of St. Paul's prestigious E. David Fischman Scholarship, Ezra headed the Laws of War desk at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He advised policy makers and diplomats on humanitarian law, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights and sanctions regimes.
Ezra earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Tel Aviv University. He then earned a second law degree from New York University School of Law, specializing in the laws of war and human rights. At NYU, Ezra was the first Israeli to deliver the graduation convocation speech. He clerked for the State Attorney of Israel, Mr. Moshe Lador.
The E. David Fischman Scholarship, now in its 20th year of administration by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, provides full tuition to enable Israeli graduate students to attend America's most elite universities to obtain doctorates in political science, law or economics. Upon completion of their degrees, recipients are required to return to Israel to work in civic or political life for five or more years. To date, 71 Israelis have received the Fischman Scholarship.
Free and open to the public.