ADC Gandel Oration
The annual ADC Gandel Oration in Melbourne and Sydney is a highlight of the year. Since 1984 the ADC has hosted international statesmen, academics, judges, rabbis and politicians who have addressed complex human rights issues with insight, expertise and erudition.
ADC Gandel Orators
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Ambassador Dennis Ross
Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement; he also successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.
Dan Mariaschin is executive Vice President and CEO of B’nai B’rith International and serves as director of B’nai B’rith’s Center for Human Rights and Public Policy. Dan has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, foreign minister, opposition leaders, influential members of the media and clerical leaders.
In 2015, Mr. Mariaschin was named to the Algemeiner 100, which is “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life.”
Mr. Mariaschin has written numerous articles and reviews on foreign affairs and national security issues for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, FoxNews.com, The Washington Times, The Jerusalem Post, and the Times of Israel, and appears as a foreign affairs analyst on television and radio programs. He has lectured on foreign and defense affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and at other military installations across the country. He has also worked as a radio announcer and news commentator and has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In 1977, he came to Los Angeles to help Rabbi Marvin Hier found the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Cooper had the remarkable opportunity to know and work with Simon Wiesenthal for nearly thirty years.
Rabbi Cooper has been a long-time activist for human rights causes on five continents. For three decades, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda ranging from worldwide anti-Semitism and extremist groups, Nazi crimes, to Interfaith Relations and the worldwide promotion of tolerance education. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to digital hate and the Internet.
Ambassador John Bolton
John R Bolton was appointed as United States Permanent Representative to the United National in 2005 and served until 2006. During his tenure Ambassador Bolton was a tenacious and outspoken advocate of US efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and push Syria out of Lebanon. Ambassador Bolton led the Security Council to approve a unanimous resolution to end the summer 2006 Hezbollah war on Israel. Ambassador Bolton has spent many years of his career in public service. He is Chairman of the Gatestone Institute and serves as a foreign policy senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
A contributor to FOX News Channel, his op-ed articles are regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.
Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt
The woman who took on Holocaust denier David Irving and won delivered the 2013 B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission Gandel Oration to a sell-out crowd in Melbourne on August 15.
Historian, author and the world’s leading authority on Holocaust denial, Professor Deborah Lipstadt spoke on “History on Trial: My Day in court with David Irving”, detailing her historic five-year battle with Irving, who sued Lipstadt for libel after she referred to him a Holocaust denier and extremist. The judge threw out the case, exonerating Lipstadt, and found David Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an anti-Semite, and a liar.
General Gal Hirsch
General Gal Hirsch, Human Rights, International Law and the IDF General Hirsch has more than 20 years’ experience in commanding infantry, paratrooper and commando forces. He personally led Special Force units, battalions, brigade and divisions in fighting Israel’s enemies, including ‘Operation Defensive Shield’ in 2002.2012
USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education Executive Director, Dr Stephen Smith, MBE PhD. D.Law. A video of the oration can be found on Youtube
Professor Irwin Cotler, Canadian MP and Human Rights Lawyer spoke on Contemporary Antisemitism: What we can do.
Dr Charles Small is the Founder and Director of the Yale Initiative spoke on Iran and Global Antisemitism.
Professor Anne Bayefsky, human rights activist spoke on Human rights as a vehicle for antisemitism.
Dr Martin Indyk, Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Washington spoke on Israel’s turbulent future in the Middle East.
Gareth Evans, President and Chief Executive of the International Crisis Group and Dr John Yu, Pediatrician and campaigner for children’s human rights
Professor Naomi Chazan, Former deputy speaker of the Knesset
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, Chief Rabbi of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa
The Rt Hon The Lord Woolf of Barnes, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
PANEL Panelists: Mr Julian Burnside QC; The Reverend Tim Costello; The Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH; Mr Sam Lipski AM; Associate Professor Robert Manne
Rabbi David Rosen, President International Council of Christians & Jews
Mr Alan Gold, Novelist
The Hon Bob Hawke AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia
Prof Irwin Cotler, Human Rights Lawyer & Mr Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate
Mr Stuart Littlemore QC
Mr Gerard Henderson, Executive Director of the Sydney Institute
Mr Sam Lipski & Ms Helen Suzman
Mr Bryce Courtenay, Novelist
Mr Ron Castan AM QC, Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia & Mr Patrick Dodson
Ms Moira Rayner, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity Victoria & The Hon Justice Marcus Einfeld, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
Prof Peter Baume & Mr Gerard Henderson
Dr Eugene J Fisher, Executive Director of Catholic Jewish Relations for the Bishops of America
The Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH, Former Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Justic Marcus Einfeld, Judge of the Federal court of Australia & Ms Patricia J O’Shane
The Rev Prof Robert Anderson, Chairman of the Council for Christians and Jews (Victoria)
His Excellency Dr Davis McCaughey, Governor of Victoria
Prof Ronald Sackville, Past Chairman NSW Law Reform Commission
The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Kirby, Judge of Supreme Court & Court of Appeal of NSW