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Gadi Ezra

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Gadi Ezra holds an unparalleled perspective on war – as both a human rights attorney on the one hand, and a soldier in the Israeli Special Forces on the other. He is currently pursuing his PhD. in Law, and is advising the defense establishment on international manners. 

Gadi was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential leaders in Israel under the age of 30 (the "30 UNDER 30" list). He already holds three law degrees from Tel-Aviv University and NYU School of law, specializing in public law and human rights. At NYU, Gadi was the first Israeli chosen to deliver the convocation speech on behalf of his classmates. Previously, he headed the Laws of War desk at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (where he advised diplomats on humanitarian law, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights and sanctions regimes), and was selected to clerk directly for the State Attorney of Israel, Mr. Moshe Lador, where he participated in cardinal decision-making processes.

Gadi is an experienced public speaker. His global tours in North & Latin America, Europe, Australia, and Israel, were highly covered by the Israeli and international media (the latest coverage is available here, here, and here).

During his studies in Tel-Aviv, Gadi was recruited to fight in Operation Cast Lead, in which his Special Forces unit was among the first infantry units to enter the Gaza Strip. Drawing from his personal experience as well as his strong academic and practical background as a human rights lawyer, Gadi examines the complexities of applying the laws of warfare in actual combat, illustrating modern challenges using first-hand experiences. Gadi’s lecture exemplifies the difficult dilemmas soldiers face in modern warfare, and the challenging lacunas in the law.


  • US-Israel Relations

  • Positively Israel & College Campuses

  • Middle Eastern Relations

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From the Law Books to the Battlefield 

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