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Justice and The War on Terror

Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 10:29 am

Please join us on Thursday, February 15 at Pitblado Law for a delicious kosher burger lunch and a fascinating seminar, presented by the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) in partnership with B’nai Brith Canada.

In the weeks and months following 9/11, the Bush administration launched what it named the “War on Terror” against militant Islam. With the realization that the West was doing battle not with a particular nation-state, but a worldwide terror network, many conventional methods of warfare suddenly became obsolete, as did the traditional definition of war. 

Almost immediately controversy erupted surrounding the advanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA to elicit information from suspected terrorists. Today, some contend that those interrogation techniques were actually torture, and thus illegal, adding that they were ineffective as well. At the same time, there has been significant pushback from the intelligence community, much of which continues to maintain that the techniques did, in fact, save lives.

How can the inherent conflict between maintaining national security and protecting civil liberties be resolved? With the recent destabilization of much of the Middle East and the dawn of ISIS, this question has never been more relevant.

A panel of experts will address the legal issues involved from the perspective of US, Canadian, Israeli, and Jewish law, including Mr. Howard Morry, Co-chair of the Arab Jewish Dialogue and Chairman of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Capital Campaign, and Mr. David Matas, international human rights and refugee lawyer and senior honorary counsel to B'nai Brith Canada.

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