Events Archive

October 22, 2009
Distinguished Speakers Series
Israel's Fight Against Terrorism - The Charge of the Lawyers' Brigade

Speaker: Lt. Col. (Res.) David Benjamin, Advocate, Israel Defense Forces
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Shaun Ingram at slingram@iupui.edu

The first lecture of the Distinguished Speaker Series will be held on October 22, 2009 at 5pm. The speaker is Lt. Col. (Res.) David Benjamin, Adv., International Law Consultant and Law and Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism Specialist. This event will also set the scene for the counter-terrorism simulation exercise being conducted on October 23, 2009. Visit the simulation web site for more details (live web coverage allows viewers to follow the action as it unfolds). Simulation web site

One hour of CLE credit available
RSVP to 317-278-3400

Bio:
Lieutenant-Colonel (Res.) David Benjamin, Advocate, Israel Defense Forces
Law of Armed Conflict and Counter-Terrorism Specialist

Lieutenant-Colonel (Res.) (Israel Defense Forces) David Benjamin retired from full-time active service in February 2009 after 17 years in the IDF Military Advocate General's Corps. A specialist in International Law, with emphasis on the Law of Armed Conflicts and Counter-Terrorism law, LTC Benjamin has served as one of the top legal advisors to the Israeli security establishment. From 2005 until his retirement, LTC Benjamin was Director of the Strategic and International Affairs Branch in the IDF International Law Department. In this role, he headed a team of military lawyers dealing, inter alia, with: Foreign Relations, Economic and Humanitarian Affairs and International Military Cooperation. In addition he served as an advisor on Operational Law issues to senior IDF commanders. From 2001 up until and including the Israeli Disengagement from Gaza in 2005, LTC Benjamin served as Chief Legal Advisor for the Gaza Strip, heading a team of military lawyers responsible for advising senior commanders and Civil Administration officials on all issues related to the Gaza Strip. In this capacity, he also had overall responsibility for the prosecution service in the Gaza Military Court. During the course of his career, LTC Benjamin served a brief stint as a Military Court judge in the West Bank and as Deputy Chief Legal Advisor for the Gaza Strip. In addition, he spent a period working in civil litigation in the Tel Aviv law firm Amikam Harlap and Co.

During his service, LTC Benjamin has dealt first-hand with many of the cutting-edge issues of International Law being faced by democratic states fighting non-state terrorist actors. He has also contributed greatly to the integration of legal advisors into the operational decision making process, having personally fulfilled a groundbreaking role in this respect. He has attained expertise in numerous areas of law, among them: International Humanitarian Law (also known as the Law of Armed Conflicts), The Law of Belligerent Occupation, Counter-Terrorism Law, Administrative Law and Criminal Law and has been involved in numerous diplomatic initiatives, international agreements and negotiations.

A much sought-after speaker, LTC Benjamin has lectured extensively to a variety of audiences and has frequently been called upon to brief diplomats, politicians, military leaders, journalists, academics, foreign representatives and international organizations on issues of International Law as they pertain to Israel. He has also been engaged in teaching International Law within the IDF to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

LTC Benjamin holds a Masters Degree in Law from Tel Aviv University as well as Bachelor's degrees in Political Studies and Law from the University of Cape Town. He is also a licensed attorney in Israel.

He is a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College as well as the IDF Officer's course and the IDF Law Officer's Course. He has also participated in numerous additional courses and seminars on both legal and military subjects during the course of his career.

LTC Benjamin is fluent in both English and Hebrew.

LTC Benjamin was born in South Africa in 1966, was raised and educated in the UK and South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1989. He is married with three children and resides in the town of Modi'in, Israel.