University of Pittsburgh
Pitt Law presents:

Can the Occupier Provide Justice? The Dilemmas of Human Rights Litigation in Israeli Courts

Lawyering for Social Change Lecture
Michael Sfard, Lawyer and International Human Rights Activist
March 28, 2013 - 7:00pm8:30pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

This event is free and open to the public. One hour of substantive credit is approved.

According to The New York Times, Michael Sfard is the Israeli human rights and peace movement’s leading lawyer. He has brought scores of human rights and land use cases challenging Israel’s occupation policies in the Palestinian territories and represented hundreds of soldiers refusing to serve in the occupied territories. And as the Christian Science Monitor put it: “Young lawyer Michael Sfard has achieved something that the White House and left-leaning Israeli political leaders could not. His legal work on behalf of Palestinian clients is compelling Israel in at least two instances to roll back Jewish settlements.” Or as The Jewish Daily Forward stated, "Sfard succeeds where diplomats and politicians fail." His legal successes have made him an enemy of the right: Last year, an Israeli settler was indicted in connection with an Internet posting that called for his assassination. But Sfard is widely respected by judges and adversaries.

Sfard will be speaking on the illegalities and human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the dilemmas faced by human rights activists in pursing justice in Israeli courts. 

A reception for all attendees will immediately follow in the Alcoa Room.

CLE Information

Cost for CLE Credit: $25 per person

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one and one half (1.5) hours of substantive credit. Cost for processing CLE credit is $25 per person, payable in advance or upon entering the program.

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