AMOS GUIORA portrait
  • Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Utah

Research Summary

Areas of Expertise: Complicity, Bystander, Extremism, Counterterrorism, Criminal Law, International Law, National Security, Religion

Education

  • Ph.D, Faculty of Law, Leiden University
  • J.D., Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • A.B., Honors in History, Kenyon College

Biography

Professor Amos N. Guiora is a Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. In addition, Professor Guiora is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law (CRSHL) at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, International Center for Conflict Resolution, Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. 

Professor Guiora is the Inaugural Chair of the University of Utah Independent Review Committee (Presidential Appointment).

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. His most recent book is Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults.

His previous scholarship includes The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (translated into Chinese and Dutch); In the Crosshairs of Unfettered Executive Power: The Moral Dilemmas of Justifying and Carrying Out Targeted KillingsTargeted Killings: Defining and Applying the Limits of Military EthicsEstablishing a Drone Court: Restraints on the Executive Branch; First Amendment and National SecurityGlobal Perspectives on CybersecurityEarl Warren, Ernesto Miranda and TerrorismPopulist and Islamist Challenges for International Law (co-authored with Professor Paul Cliteur); and Five Words That Changed America: Miranda v. Arizona and The Right to Remain Silent (co-authored with Professor Louisa Heiny).

Professor Guiora’s research and book, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, directly contributed to legislation ratified by the Utah Legislature in 2021 that criminalizes bystanders who do not intervene on behalf of children and vulnerable adults. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Brian King and sponsored by Sen. Kurt Bramble, enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support.

Professor Guiora has been an expert witness in a number of civil and criminal cases both in the U.S. and The Netherlands. He has also 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. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Dutch House of Representatives, and the Judiciary Committee of the Utah 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.