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Amos N. Guiora


S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. He teaches Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism and Religion and Terrorism, incorporating innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and dilemmas.


Professor Guiora was a Member of the American Bar Association's Law and National Security Advisory Committee from 2010-2014 and is currently a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict; a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzylia, Israel; a Corresponding Member, The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, the University of Utrecht School of Law; Policy Advisor, Alliance for a Better Utah; and Member of the Board (elected), Center for Documentary Expression and Art, Salt Lake City.


Professor Guiora has published extensively both in the U.S. and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights. He is the author of several books and book chapters, most recently: The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (will be translated into Chinese and Dutch); In the Crosshairs of Unfettered Executive Power: The Moral Dilemmas of Justifying and Carrying Out Targeted Killings; Targeted killings: Defining and Applying the Limits of Military Ethics; Establishing a Drone Court: Restraints on the Executive Branch; First Amendment and National Security; Global Perspectives on Cybersecurity. 


Professor Guiora’s book, Chief Justice Earl Warren: Miranda, Individual Rights and Terrorism, is now available on Amazon.


Professor Guiora’s research and book, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, helped build a foundation for legislation introduced in the 2018 Utah Legislative Session by Representative Brian King that would require Utah citizens to assist others who are suffering, or are threatened with serious bodily injury associated with a crime or another emergency.


Professor Guiora has been deeply involved over a number of years in Track Two negotiation efforts regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict predicated on a preference and prioritization analytical tool. Guiora has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security; and the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Dutch House of Representatives. He served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces as Lieutenant Colonel (retired), and held a number of senior command positions, including Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip and Commander of the IDF School of Military Law.


Professor Guiora has received grants from both the Stuart Family Foundation and the Earhart Foundation, and was awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands in 2008.  In 2011, he received the S.J. Quinney College of Law Faculty Scholarship Award. In 2015, he was elected a member of the Benchers Society at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.