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Israeli-Arab legal scholar to discuss Gaza War

Mohammad WattadMohammad Wattad, right, assistant professor in the School of Law at Israel’s Zefat Academic College, will speak at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Gateway Center, Room 43/47.

His free lecture is called “An Israeli-Arab Legal Scholar Discusses the Gaza War and Terrorism.” A question-and-answer session will follow his talk.    

Wattad, who is also the Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor at the University of California at Irvine, specializes in international and comparative criminal law, comparative constitutional law, international law and legal issues surrounding war, torture and terrorism. He is also an expert in the history of Israel and issues of self-image and identity in multicultural societies.

Wattad has written and spoken extensively on societal challenges confronting the Middle East and Israel, including relations between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens and Israel’s external relations with surrounding Arab states.

He was a member of the Legal Task Force of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East from 2009-2013 and was a legal clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel from 2003-2004. In addition to being a visiting scholar at UC-Irvine, he was a visiting scholar and a Minerva Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany, and a Halbert Fellow and visiting scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is the current editor-in-chief of the international journal Medicine and Law.

Wattad is a graduate of Haifa University School of Law in Israel. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad at Oxford University. He has a master of law degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also earned a master of law degree and a doctoral degree from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

His lecture is being sponsored by UNT’s Jewish and Israel Studies Program, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

Contact: Jewish and Israel Studies Program, 940-369-8926.

—Nancy Kolsti, News Promotions

Posted on: Thu 09 October 2014

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