AMOS GUIORA portrait
  • Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Utah
  • Visiting Faculty, Spring 2019, Kenyon College

Research Summary

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


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


Professor Guiora is a  Distinguished Fellow, The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law (CRSHL), Chicago-Kent College of Law and Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, International Center for Conflict Resolution, Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
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 (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; Chief Justice Earl Warren: Miranda, Individual Rights and Terrorism and The Rise of the Right: The Flight of Liberalism (co-authored with Professor Paul Cliteur).
Miranda: The Right to Silence (co-authored with Professor Louisa Heiny) and Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual are forthcoming.
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 and 2019 Utah Legislative Sessions 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.