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Prof brings peace activists up to date on law

Omar Dajani. Courtesy photo

Omar Dajani, a professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, will address the Patriot Act and a related Supreme Court case when he speaks Wednesday in Davis.

The case, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, upheld as constitutional the federal law that prohibits peace activities, such as teaching how to use humanitarian and international law to peacefully resolve disputes, from being offered to organizations deemed to be terrorists by the U.S. government.

His talk will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. It is sponsored by the Davis Peace Coalition.

“It is critical that peace groups that interact directly or indirectly with people or organizations labeled terrorist by the U.S. government understand both their rights and their potential criminal liability under the Supreme Court’s Humanitarian Law Project decision,” Dajani said. “This area of constitutional law is changing rapidly — and in potentially far-reaching ways.”

Dajani received his law degree from Yale Law School where he was general director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Project. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team in peace talks with Israel.

When negotiations were suspended, Dajani became a political adviser to the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process until 2003. He was involved in a wide range of initiatives to foster peace in the region, including the negotiation and drafting of the Middle East road map regarded by the Bush administration as the framework for future peace efforts.

He joined the McGeorge faculty in 2004 and continues to travel frequently to Palestine.

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