Lieutenant-Colonel (Reserve) David Benjamin is an Israel-based attorney specializing in International Law, the Law of Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism. As a career officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Col. Benjamin served, inter alia, as the Chief Legal Advisor for the Gaza Strip (2001 – 2005) as well as Director of the International and Strategic Branch in the IDF’s International Law Department (2006 – 2009). In these positions, he played a key role in providing operational legal advice to military commanders and developing legal responses to situations arising in asymmetric conflicts. He was also involved in drafting the State’s arguments in response to numerous petitions submitted to the Israel Supreme Court. Now in private practice, Lt. Col. Benjamin provides consulting services to government and international organizations. He also lectures to audiences, both in Israel and abroad and is a frequent commentator in the local and international media. Lt. Col. Benjamin holds an LLM from Tel Aviv University as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Political Science from the University of Cape Town.
José B. Arauz Cantón has been a high school teacher and a university lecturer in England. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, qualified teacher status conferred in a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education and a M.Ed. in Foreign Language Teaching both from Leeds University, England. He studied for a M.A. in International Politics and Security Studies in the Department of Peace Studies in Bradford University, England. He studied in the Complutense University of Madrid for a D.A.S. (M.Phil.) in International Law and he has recently completed, at the same university, a Ph.D. thesis in International Law. His doctoral thesis is entitled, “Asymmetric Warfare and Proportionality: Challenges for International Humanitarian Law”. He is interested in collaborative research and areas that stem from his current research such as international human rights law, international law, conflict and security and the protection of human rights during armed conflicts. He collaborates with the Jewish community in Leeds, England, lobbying and working to combat anti-Semitism and BDS against the State of Israel. He is a member of the pool of speakers for ‘Middle East Education’ (London) for which he has lectured on, ‘Israel’s Territorial Rights under International Law’. The aim of ‘Middle East Education’ is to reach out to secondary school pupils and teachers who often form opinions based on misinformation given by the media about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kasim Hafeez is a British Muslim of Pakistani origin who grew up surrounded by anti-Semitic and Anti-Israeli views. He now runs www.theisraelcampaign.org, where he publishes a blog. Hafeez is also on the advisory board of StandWithUs UK and is Co-Director of the British Israel Coalition Public Affairs Committee. He has written for the Jewish Chronicle, Ynet, and CIF Watch. In February 2011, he completed a UK campus speaking tour entitled “The Day I Stopped Hating Israel.” Additionally, he has spoken throughout the UK, Canada, and Israel.
Bertil Häggman is Director of the Center for Research on Geopolitics, and has published over 150 books and journal articles in various languages in the United States, England, Northern Ireland, Germany, Norway, Republic of China, Republic of Korea, and Sweden. He is a recipient of the United Cultural Convention’s International Peace Price, the Swedish Photocopy Fund, and multiple honors by the Swedish Author’s Fund.
Andrew E. Harrod
Andrew E. Harrod, PhD, JD, Esq. is the author of over 150 articles online and in print concerning various political and international relations topics. In particular, Harrod has written about various interrelated aspects of Islam and any authoritarian and/or aggressive elements therein, particularly with regard to free speech. Harrod’s articles have appeared online at the American Thinker, Family Security Matters, FrontPage Magazine, Gatestone Institute, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Mercatornet, the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project, and World, among others. European websites have translated Harrod’s online articles into German and other languages. Harrod has also published two articles in the Austrian History Yearbook derived from his dissertation on Austrian neutrality during the Cold War at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Harrod has also made radio and public event appearances.
In addition to his Fletcher School doctorate, Harrod holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Harrod is a graduate of Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
Amos Hausner graduated the Hebrew University School of Law in 1975, where he was a member of the editorial staff of the law journal, was on the dean’s list, and was admitted to the Israeli bar in 1976. In the years 1975-1976, he was a research assistant at the Hebrew University, focusing on the law of evidence. In the years 1977-1978 he practiced in the New York law firm of Wilkie, Farr and Gallagher (established by Wendel Wilkie, candidate to presidency against Roosevelt). He later returned to Israel to become a partner in the law firm of his father, the late Gideon Hausner who was the Attorney General of the State of Israel in the sixties and was the prosecuting attorney in the trial of the Jewish People against Nazi criminal Adolph Eichmann. Mr. Hausner became the successor of his father’s law firm in 1983.
From 1998-2006, Mr. Hausner sat as a Judge of the High Court of the World Zionist Organization (WZO). In 2006, he was appointed the Attorney General of the WZO, a position he held until August 2010, and on that year he also served as General Counsel to the WZO.
Mr. Hausner is currently a member of the board of directors of Massuah, International Institute for Holocaust Studies, and of the lay board of FAMRI (Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute). He is also a member of the disciplinary tribunal of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he chaired the legislative committee of the Jerusalem Bar Association in 2003-2004.
Mr. Hausner’s practice includes international, constitutional, business, civil and administrative law, including class actions. One of the famous cases in which he was involved is the case of the Dead Sea Scrolls, before the Supreme Court of Israel, which involved questions of history and copyright. He is also involved in tort litigation, and participated in several cases which set precedents in contract law.
Paul M. Kaplan is a partner in the New York office of Locke Lord LLP where he concentrates his practice in business litigation and dispute resolution and antitrust litigation and counseling. He represents domestic and foreign financial institutions and corporations in federal and state litigation and regulatory matters, and has advised them on the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as a broad range of industries on general antitrust matters. Mr. Kaplan counsels corporations on the antitrust ramifications of business transactions with a view to avoiding or minimizing exposure to antitrust claims in litigation and represents financial institutions facing regulatory or court enforcement actions.
Mr. Kaplan has practiced law for more than 25 years with major law firms and corporations in the United States and Europe. He began his legal career in London, England where he was an associate with an Anglo-American law firm. Following a clerkship in Boston with the Honorable R. Ammi Cutter, a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Mr. Kaplan joined in New York the legal department of AT&T, then involved in a complex business reorganization and divestiture, pursuant to a federal court antitrust decree.
He also held the title of vice president at Citibank, NA (Citigroup) in the General Counsel’s Office and at J.P. Morgan Chase (Chemical Bank), where he was group counsel in the bank’s Middle Market/Financial Services Group.
Mr. Kaplan is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, where he has taught an advanced antitrust course since 1991. In February 2006, he organized, on behalf of the government of Israel, a financial services delegation to Israel led by the late Honorable Jack Kemp (former U.S. Representative from New York, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Republican Party nominee for Vice President in 1996).
Mr. Kaplan currently serves as a Vice President of the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) and sits on the Executive and Law (Pro Bono) Committees of the Board of Directors for the AIFL, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the political, social and economic ties between America and Israel. He is currently a member of the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and served on The London School of Economics’ New York Development Committee from 1999-2001.
Eugene Kontorovich is a Professor of Law at Northwestern University. His research spans the fields of constitutional law, international law, and law and economics. He has authored a series of papers that extend “transaction cost” analysis from private law to constitutional law. Prof. Kontorovich is also a leading expert on maritime piracy, universal jurisdiction and international criminal law. His scholarship has been relied on in important foreign relations cases in the federal courts, and historic piracy cases in the U.S. and abroad. He is working on a book, Justice at Sea: Piracy and the Limits of International Criminal Law, under contract with Harvard University Press.
Prof. Kontorovich has also written and lectured extensively about the legal aspects of the Israel-Arab conflict.
He went to college and law school at the University of Chicago, where he also taught for two years as a visiting professor. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a professor at George Mason University Law School.
During the previous academic year, Prof. Kontorovich was honored with the Bator Award, given by the Federalist Society to leading professors under 40, as well as with a resident membership at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Allan Lavigne is a Police Academy graduate from the Golden West Criminal Justice Training Center in Orange County California where he graduated with honors in ’84 with the highest academic record in state history at the time. He has 28 years of experience in the security, law enforcement and emergency service field. He spent 18 of those years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as Corporate Director of Security overseeing the security and emergency services needs for 43 properties internationally and acting as a liaison with both federal and international law enforcement for the company. Mr. Lavigne designed the life safety and physical security plans for 40 of those properties and wrote the company’s corporate manual on Security, lost Prevention and Life Safety.
As an expert in the fields of physical security, life safety criminal investigation, counter terrorism and counter surveillance detection Mr. Lavigne has assisted the FBI in numerous cases over his career. In 2001 he was asked to assist the Department of Justice and the FBI in the initial investigation of the 911 attacks in Washington D.C. where he spent seven months and again with the Bali bombings in Thailand. While stationed in Washington he also assisted the Department of Defense and the Pentagon in creating a new civil defense plan for the Pentagon city area.
In 2002 Mr. Lavigne was hired as the Bay Area Director of Security for the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Community Federation and now oversees the security for more than 350 Jewish institutions. He also works as a Liaison for the Jewish Community to the FBI and Homeland Security San Francisco and Oakland.
He has also taught Counter terrorism and surveillance detection for the San Francisco Police departments Special Investigation division FBI and Homeland Security Liaisons and to Oakland City Police Department.
In other related physical security fields Mr. Lavigne was called on in 2005 and designed the soft ballistic armour for use on Hum-Vs in the Iraq theater for General Dynamics and later created the first study model for a new Multi-Threat detection X-Ray machine for Qylur Security Systems www.qylur.com.
Mr. Lavigne is also a member of ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security Specialist) and a Basic Life Support Instructor for The American Heart Association and is a regular guest lecturer to the NorCal Shorim The Northern California Jewish Police Officers Association.
Ryan Mauro is the National Security Analyst for ClarionProject.org, which produced the hit films Obsession, The Third Jihad, and Iranium. Mauro is a frequent analyst on FOX News Channel and other news outlets around the world. He is also a consultant to government agencies and an adjunct professor.
Mauro is the chief editor and founder of WorldThreats.com, a national security and geopolitical analysis website. He is also the national security advisor for the Christian Action Network. His analysis and research has been widely published at places like FrontPage Magazine, PJ Media, and the peer-reviewed journal, Middle East Quarterly. He has made over 500 appearances on radio and TV from both the left and the right.
He has made more than 200 broadcast media appearances, been quoted in books and stories in major news sources such as the New York Times and Reuters, and has spoken for prestigious conferences such as the Intelligence Summit. He wrote Death to America: the Unreported Battle of Iraq in 2005 and is an associate editor for GlobalPolitician.com and a US editor at the World Security Network.
Mauro was originally hired in 2002 at age 16 to be a geopolitical analyst for Tactical Defense Concepts, a maritime-related security group.
In June 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language Twitter page sent out a tweet calling him “delusional” and a “scaremonger.”
Joshua Slomich is in-house counsel with a financial services corporation in New York City. From 1999-2000 Mr. Slomich worked as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. From 2001-2005 Mr. Slomich served on active duty in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he held various positions including Chief of Military Justice and Chief of Operational Law. As Chief of Operational Law, Mr. Slomich was responsible for briefing personnel on the Law of Armed Combat, including the distinctions between lawful and unlawful combatants and the treatment of Prisoners of War. Mr. Slomich was also appointed as a Military Prosecutor and Defense Counsel, as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. In addition to trying felony and misdemeanor cases in courts-martial and federal court, Mr. Slomich represented engineers, physicians and other professionals appearing before credentialing/evaluation boards. During his time on active duty, Mr. Slomich was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War Against Terrorism Service Medal and twice was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School where he also served as an Articles Editor for the Suffolk Transnational Law Review and was awarded the Suffolk University Law School Jurisprudence Award for excellence in Constitutional Law. Mr. Slomich is the author of The Taif Accord: Legalizing the Syrian Occupation of Lebanon, 22:2 Suffolk Transnat’l L. Rev. (1999).
Vijeta Uniyal is an Indian-born business analyst and writer living in Germany. He is contributing editor at The Commentator.
He received his Masters Degree in German Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Chloé Valdary is a junior and an International Studies major at the University of New Orleans. In 2012, Chloé created the group Allies of Israel on her campus to promote the Jewish state and Israel advocacy. In the spring of 2013, she held the first pro-Israel rally on her school’s campus, called “Declare Your Freedom.” Over 100 people were in attendance, and the speech she gave went semi-viral in 10 days. As a result of her work, she has been covered by such groups as Jewish Press, BET.com, Breitbart.com, The Jerusalem Post, and Israel Hayom, to name a few. She was named one of the top 100 people positively affecting Jewish and Israeli life in the Algemeiner’s inaugural celebration of this category. This list included notable figures like
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama, and filmmaker Stephen Spielberg. Chloé has written articles for The Jewish Press, CAMERA on Campus, The Jewish Thinker, and The Times of Israel. She has worked with CAMERA and StandWithUs, and has gone on trips to
Israel with both CAMERA and AIPAC. Chloé is also the assistant of directors for the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (ISBI), has a blog on Arutz Sheva, and is the social media engineer as well as the director of marketing and branding for Here Is Israel (HII).
Gabriel Latner is a law student at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining The Lawfare Project, Gabriel worked at a variety of word-class think tanks, NGOs, and advocacy groups.
In 2010, while working at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Gabriel produced a hundred-year timeline of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Palestinian Authority and its predecessors, involving the collation of hundreds of primary sources. While at FDD Gabriel was also involved in research and advocacy relating to Iran’s nuclear activity and shipping practices that violate European and American Law.
In 2011 he testified at the United Nations Human Rights Council about non-discrimination, singling out Council Members China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia.
Gabriel has worked on election campaigns at a municipal and federal level, and interned with Member of Parliament and former Justice Minister of Canada, Professor Irwin Cotler, whom he continues to work with.
He has been published in the National Post, The Jerusalem Post, and the American Thinker.