Back to All Events

The Israel Supreme Court at a Moment of Transition


The Israel Supreme Court at a Moment of Transition: Looking Back, and Looking Forward, with Justices Naor, Rubenstein, and Joubran

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 - 7:30PM

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 - 9:00AM

SPONSORED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR ISRAEL & JEWISH STUDIES AND THE ISRAEL SUPREME COURT PROJECT

HELD AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (3/7) AND THE CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW (3/8)

Last year saw the near simultaneous retirement of the three most senior members of the Israeli Supreme Court.  President Miriam Naor, Deputy President Elyakim Rubenstein, and Justice Salim Joubran all reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.  The departure of these three important justices provides an appropriate moment both to acknowledge and evaluate the jurisprudential contributions of these three Justices and to focus scholarly attention on the Court as a whole.  Marking this unusual juncture in the Court’s evolution, Cardozo’s Israel Supreme Court Project and Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies are joining forces for a two-part conference. 

First, on the evening of March 7, at 8:00 p.m., we will host a panel featuring all three justices in conversation with Michael Stanislawski and Suzanne Stone.  The panel will take place at Columbia University.

The next day, March 8, will feature a day-long academic program at Cardozo, with a series of panels each devoted to a specific opinion (translated into English) by one of the three retiring justices. The Rubenstein panel will focus on his opinion in Ragen v. Ministry of Transport, HCJ 746/07 (January 5, 2011), concerning steps to eliminate gender segregation on public buses.  President Naor wrote the lead opinion for a nine-Justice panel in the well-known case of Desete v. Minister of Interior, HCJ 8665/14 (Aug. 11, 2015), which dealt with the detention and deportation of illegal entrants (or “infiltrators,” as the relevant Hebrew term is usually translated).  The Joubran panel will focus on his dissenting opinion in Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel v. Minister of Interior, HCJ 7052/03 (May 14, 2006), which upheld a statute that severely limited entrance of Palestinians into Israel even for purposes of family unification.

To register, please click HERE.

CLE credits will be awarded for the March 8 panels.

IIJS_Final Logo(1).jpg
Cardozo logo.png