The Fight against Terror

Event date: 
22 Jun 2010
1:00pm to 2:00pm
G23, Ground Level, Law Building, University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus

The Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRCentre) and the UNSW International Law and Policy Group invite you to, The Fight against Terror: Practical Dilemmas in applying the Laws of War. Prof. Abraham Bell of Bar-Ilan University (Israel) and Col. Sharon Afek, Deputy Military Advocate General for the Israel Defence Forces will present a seminar on the difficulties in applying the current international humanitarian laws in counter-terrorism operations. Since 11 September 2001, the nature of the terrorism threat to the global community has expanded both quantitatively and qualitatively to encompass private groups having a multinational presence and the capacity to inflict armed attacks against states. There is a growing awareness that the traditional laws of conflict did not foresee the new challenge of states fighting world wide terrorism networks. Difficult questions are raised as to the extent to which and the manner in which contemporary international humanitarian law applies to situations of international terrorism – and whether changes in the law may be necessary to allow effective regulation of this new form of terrorism compliance.



Prof. Abraham Bell teaches in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University. Having graduated from Harvard Law School with a S.J.D, Prof. Bell now conducts research in the areas of international law, laws of war and legal aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prof. Bell has previously taught at the University of San Diego, Tel Aviv University, University of Connecticut and Fordham University.

In his role as Deputy Military Advocate General for the Israel Defence Forces, Col. Sharon Afek provides top level advice on the conduct of the Israel Defence Forces. He has previously held the positions of legal advisor for Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), Military Advocate General for the Israeli Air Force and, Head of the International Law branch of the IDF. Col. Afek holds a Masters in Law from Tel Aviv University focusing on law and humanities.