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Civil Rights and the War on Terror: Promoting Accountability and National Security

Recorded on April 30, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Since its founding, Israel has been under almost constant military and terrorist attack, but it has succeeded in protecting its national security, its citizens' civil liberties, and the integrity of its judicial system.  The United States now faces some of the same challenges that Israel has dealt with for decades, and there is much the two allies can learn from each other's experiences.  Each state must meet its responsibility to protect the legitimate civil liberties and security needs of its citizens, and both judicial systems have the additional duty to adjudicate various claims that are founded on a new international law regime that is arguably unmoored from traditional norms of democratic accountability.  How should American and Israeli jurists handle these seemingly conflicting responsibilities?  We are honored to sponsor an international dialogue to explore these timely issues.