2021 Previous Events


Testimonials, Admissions and Confessions: Human Rights Violations in Contemporary Israeli Cinema (May 05)

An on-line lecture by Prof. Raya Morag, a Professor of cinema studies at the Department of Communications and Journalism, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Her research and publications deal with post-traumatic cinema and ethics; cinema, war, terror, genocide, femininity and masculinity; perpetrator trauma; documentary cinema; New German Cinema; Vietnam War Films; Israeli and Palestinian second Intifada cinema; the perpetrator figure and societal trauma in cinema; New Cambodian Cinema; and corporeal-feminist film critique.

A recording of the event (in Hebrew) can be found here:


הרצאה מאת פרופ' רעיה מורג - עדות, הודאה ווידוי: הפרת זכויות אדם בקולנוע הישראלי העכשווי


An Investigation into Israel/Palestine by the International Criminal Court in The Hague: The Tension between the Right to Justice and Conflict Resolution (March 17)

On March 3rd, 2021, the International Criminal Court in The Hague announced that it would open an investigation into alleged serious violations of international law and human rights occurring in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. This scenario sheds light on a significant tension that may arise between key elements of transitional justice, during an active conflict in general, and in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. This joint seminar of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for The Advancement of Peace and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem dealt with the case of the International Criminal Court, and a series of issues derived from the central question: Is there a gap between the right to justice and the goal of conflict resolution?

A recording of the event (in Hebrew) can be found here:  



Guantanamo Bay: A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective (March 10, 2021)

The Minerva Center for Human Rights, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, held an online discussion on due process, legal representation and procedural rights in the U.S. Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay.

In the symposium, the Minerva Center hosted two prominent defense attorneys who represent detainees at Guantanamo on behalf of the U.S. Military. Among the topics that were discussed: What are the differences between the Military Tribunals and civilian courts in terms of procedural and evidentiary rules? How do these impact the rights of detainees, and their lawyers’ ability to provide effective representation? What strategies do defense attorneys employ in these conditions? How do they contend with differences of language and culture with their clients? And how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the proceedings at Guantanamo?

The discussion was moderated by Adv. Gaby Lasky, one of Israel's leading human rights lawyers. She regularly represents Palestinians in criminal and administrative proceedings in Israel and in the OPT. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award.


A recording of the event can be found here: