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Legal Mechanisms and Ethical Concerns in Protracted Conflict


March 3, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 185

Brought to you by the Stanford Program in Law and Society


Situations of intractable conflict between nations, ethnicities, or groups, raise a unique set of concerns, both in terms of legal norms and in terms of a variety of social standards, such as morality and ethics.  How do we raise moral awareness among individuals in conflict situations?  Can cultural narratives – such as film and literature – address ethical responsibility issues in a society in conflict?  And to what extent do legal mechanisms, such as criminal or civil accountability, play a role in such contexts?  This interdisciplinary panel will discuss this complex reality by bringing in perspectives from law, social psychology, and literature.



Prof. Ifat Ma'oz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, visiting scholar, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

Ifat Maoz, a social psychologist, is a Professor at the Department of Communication and Journalism and Director of the Swiss Center and Graduate Program of Conflict Studies at the Henbrew University of Jerusalem. She has published over 70 articles and chapters in various distinguished publications. Prof. Maoz is currently a visiting scholar at the Stanford Department of Psychology . Her current main interests include psychological, moral and media-related aspects in conflict and peace-making, cognitive processing of social and political information, and dynamics of intergroup communication in conflict.


Renana Keydar,PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Renana Keydar is a PhD candidate in the department of comparative literature and a recipient of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF). She holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and served as an advocate in the Israeli Ministry of Justice. Her research considers how legal texts and cultural narratives address conflict-related atrocities and the ethical questions they engender, in the quest for post-conflict justice.


Prof. Bernadette Meyler, Stanford Law School 

Bernadette Meyler, JD ’03, is a Professor of Law and a Faculty Scholar at SLS. Prof. Meyler earned her BA in Literature at Harvard University and her PhD in English at UC Irvine. Following law school, Prof. Meyler clerked for the Hon. Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She previously taught at Cornell Law School, where she served as Professor of Law and English and Faculty Director of Research. She has written extensively on numerous topics including legal history, law and literature, and British and American constitutional law, and is currently working on two book projects on these topics.