Auther to discuss the duty of the bystander


What is the duty of a bystander? Should bystanders to crimes be required by law to intervene? Author Amos N. Guiora will discuss these concepts at the 2018 David S. Stone Law Lecture on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the University of Toledo College of Law, 1825 W. Rocket Dr.

Guiora’s experience as the child of Holocaust survivors and career as a professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah have informed his involvement in bystander legislation efforts in Utah and across the country.

In his House testimony to address Representative Brian S. King’s proposed bill “The Duty to Assist in an Emergency,” Guiora said the injustices his parents suffered were “exacerbated by bystander inaction.” His recent book “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust” addresses the consequences of the bystander during the Holocaust and that of today, with a focus on sexual assault. “I have come to the conclusion that the law can no longer remain a bystander to victim suffering,” Guiora said in his testimony.

 A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, Guiora has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Ph.D from Leiden University. He has published extensively in the United States and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism, and human rights.

Prior to “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust” he wrote several books including “Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security,” “Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism,” and most recently “Earl Warren, Ernesto Miranda and Terrorism.”