About FDD’s Lawyers Trip to Israel

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, DC-based think tank, organizes an annual Lawyers Trip to Israel for DC-based mid-career attorneys practicing national security law. The next trip is taking place June 9-18, 2021. This trip is part of FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel, launched in 2011, which has brought nearly 300 U.S. national security practitioners to Israel for a week of high-level meetings and experiential visits.

FDD’s Lawyers Trip to Israel is a seven-day intensive national security and lawfare themed trip. The selected participants will travel around Israel to explore a wide range of issues related to international law and national security, such as Israel’s perspective on the law of armed conflict, the expanding role of lawyers in combat decision-making and the concept of lawfare. These off-the-record conversations will be supplemented with experiential exercises, including visits to elite military installations such as the Iron Dome and replicas of Hamas tunnels. Participants will leave the trip with a nuanced understanding of regional challenges and security threats facing both Israel and the West, as well as the legal implications associated with those threats and the practical skills to counter 21st century security threats.

The selected participants will be accompanied by FDD experts throughout the trip. Upon completion of the trip, participants will become members of FDD’s National Security Alumni Network, a mid-career professionals alumni group comprised of over 400 alumni of FDD’s National Security Trips to Israel and/or National Security Fellows Program. Throughout the year, alumni are provided with opportunities for professional development, networking, and mentorship to advance their careers in national security.

Applications for the 2022 Lawyers Trip to Israel will open in early 2022.

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  • This trip is open to lawyers working in the executive branch, the military and private sector.

  • Participants must have a J.D. and be practicing national security law.

  • Participants must be between the ages of 30-40 and based in the Washington, DC area.

  • Participants must attend three evening sessions in Washington DC.

FDD will cover the cost of round trip airfare between New York and Tel Aviv, double hotel rooms, and at least two meals per day. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to/from New York’s JFK airport.

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