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Brooke Goldstein, Executive director

Brooke Goldstein is a New York City-based human rights attorney, author, and award-winning filmmaker. She serves as Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about and facilitating a response to the abuse of Western legal systems and human rights law. Brooke is also the founder and director of the Children’s Rights Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to track, spotlight, and legally combat violations of children’s basic human rights around the world. CRI has a special focus on the state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of children to become suicide-homicide bombers, child soldiers, and human shields.

Brooke’s first book, co-authored with Aaron Eitan Meyer and entitled Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech: A First Amendment Guide For Reporting in an Age of Islamist Lawfare, gives practical guidance to journalists who wish to speak truthfully about the national security threats faced by liberal democracies. The book is available here.

Brooke’s award-winning documentary film, The Making of a Martyr, uncovers the illegal, state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of Palestinian children for suicide-homicide attacks. Filming Martyr, Brooke secured firsthand interviews with active and armed members of the Al-Aqsa, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas terrorist groups as well as with families of suicide bombers, children imprisoned for attempting to blow themselves up, teachers at terrorist-run schools, and others involved in the phenomenon of child suicide bombing. Martyr is currently broadcast on television stations throughout the globe and is ranked as IMDb’s seventh most popular title on the West Bank.

Brooke is a regular commentator on FOX News and has been featured in several media, including CNN, The New York Sun, Swindle Magazine, Defense Technology International, and on WABC News Talk Radio, and has been published in a variety of sources, including the New York Daily News, Commentary Magazine, The American Spectator, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Special Ops Magazine, and others. She also hosts the television series Outspoken on Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS).

Brooke is a seasoned public speaker and has lectured and taught seminars at numerous schools, including the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University, Berkeley University, Stanford University, and others. Brooke has also been invited to brief government officials at the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Pentagon, the U.K. Parliament, and U.S. Central Command on issues of asymmetric warfare and human rights.

Brooke is the 2007 recipient of the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for Outstanding Public Advocacy and the 2009 Inspire! Award bestowed by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, was listed in 2009 as one of “36 Under 36 Young Innovators” by the Jewish Week, formerly served as an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, and is currently a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, an associate fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, a member of the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East’s (SPME) Council of Scholars, an advisory board member of Belev Echad Charity, and a board member of The Mideast Reporter. She is also a recipient of The Blue Card’s 2016 The Irene Hizme Tikkun Olam Award, the UJA’s 2017 Defender of Israel award, and Belev Echad Charity’s 2015 Pillar of Courage award.

From 2007-2009, Brooke served as director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum, an organization that arranges financial support for and pro-bono legal representation of persons wrongfully sued for exercising their right to free speech on issues of national security and public concern.

Additionally, Brooke is the co-founder of A2B Film Productions, Inc., a Canada-based independent documentary film production company focused on creating films that explore issues ignored by the mainstream media.

Canadian born, Brooke earned her B.A. from McGill University and received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also attended Columbia University and University of Toronto’s exchange programs.

 
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Benjamin Ryberg, Chief Operating Officer & Director of Research

Benjamin Ryberg is the Director of Research and Chief Operating Officer at The Lawfare Project. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan with a double major in Economics and Organizational Studies and subsequently received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011.

While in law school, Benjamin served as a staffer and then as Senior Articles Editor of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. His journal Note, Pro-Competitive or Protective?: The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law, Implications for the United States, and Bilateral Antitrust Cooperation as an Effective Response, 18 Cardozo J. Int’l & Comp. L. 527 (2010), was selected for publication. Additionally, Benjamin co-founded and served as co-president of the Cardozo chapter of the Children’s Rights Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating major violations of the human rights of children throughout the world.  He also spent two summers during law school as an associate at The Blanch Law Firm, a criminal defense firm in New York City.

In 2013, Benjamin was profiled in The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” list of young visionaries. A seasoned public speaker, he has addressed a diverse range of audiences and provided radio and television commentary on lawfare-related matters.

Benjamin is a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

 

 
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Amanda Berman, Director of Legal Affairs

Amanda Berman is the Director of Legal Affairs at The Lawfare Project. In addition to her role as an attorney, Amanda liaises with the American and international Jewish community on behalf of the Lawfare Project and maintains relationships with LP supporters, donors and clients. Amanda writes extensively on lawfare and counter-terror related issues and is a media contributor across various mediums and outlets. She has spoken and presented before diverse audiences ranging from small groups to large auditoriums.

Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, with a major in diplomatic history. At Penn, Amanda submatriculated into the Fels Institute of Government, where she received her Master of Governmental Administration in 2008 with a specialized focus on public policy and nonprofit management.

After spending a year doing political and campaign work, Amanda was offered a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and a Public Service Scholarship at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While at Cardozo, Amanda staffed the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, in which she published her Note entitled, “Isn’t it Ironic? The Undermining of American Public Policy by American Tax Law, and the Ramifications on Middle East Peace.”  She was also a Fellow in the Cardozo Program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies and a clinical student in both the Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Advanced Human Rights Clinics.

During law school, Amanda interned for three months at Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, a counterterrorist and human rights law organization, at their headquarters in Tel Aviv. She then continued her work for Shurat HaDin in New York City for another year. She also spent a summer in Washington, DC as the Summer Legislative Law Clerk for the Anti-Defamation League.

Amanda received her Juris Doctor in 2012 with concentrations in international law and litigation, and was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 2013. After graduation, she spent two years practicing securities litigation at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. She is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. She also serves on the Executive Board of Friends of the IDF, Young Leadership New York.