Our speaker, Dr. Eugene Kontorovich, teaches at Northwestern University School of Law, and is a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem. He specializes in constitutional and international law. He is one of the world's preeminent experts on international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. He is regularly called upon to advise legislators and cabinet members in the U.S., Israel, and Europe on questions pertaining to Israel and international law. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Department, wrote a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Jerusalem passport case, and his scholarship has been cited in leading international law cases in the U.S. and abroad. Prof. Kontorovich "has emerged as a one-man legal lawfare brain-trust for the Jewish state," according to a recent essay in Haaretz.
Kontorovich regularly briefs visiting European and American legislators and celebrities on their trips to Israel, as well as speaking to hundreds of universities, synagogues, Jewish and professional groups in the U.S. and Europe. His scholarship has been published in leading academic journals and his expertise is often sought out and quoted by major news organizations such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR News, Associated Press, LA Times, and numerous television and radio programs.
Prof. Kontorovich's writings on Israel have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post, and numerous other publications, and he is a contributor to the Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy legal blog.
He has been honored with a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, in 2011-12, and with the Federalist Society's prestigious Bator Award, given annually to a young scholar (under 40), for outstanding scholarship and teaching.
He attended the University of Chicago for college and law school, and ultimately taught there. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.