Working Group on Law and Democracy

Ruth Gavison Lecture -- Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic? - The Quest for (Political) Identity: Between Universalism and Particularism

Tue, February 14, 2012 | GSB 2.126

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ruth Gavison Lecture -- Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic? - The Quest for (Political)  Identity: Between Universalism and Particularism

Ruth Gavison is the Haim Cohn Professor of Human Rights at the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Founding President of Metzilah – a center for Zionist, Jewish, Humanist, and Liberal Thought. Professor Gavison was a founding member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), where she served as Chairperson for many years, and as President from 1996 to 1999. She was a visiting professor at the Yale Law School (1978-1980) and the University of Southern California Law Center (1990-1992). She is the author and editor of many articles and several books, among them Legal Activism: The Pros and Cons; the Role of the Supreme Court in Israeli Society (2000) and Where There is No Vision – the People Cast off Restraint: A Meta-Purpose for Israel and Its Implications (2007). Professor Gavison has a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, an LLB, and an LLM from the Hebrew University and a D.Phil in Legal Philosophy from Oxford University. She earned the Emet Prize in Law (2003), and served as a member in the Winograd Commission investigating the Second Lebanon War (September 2006 to January 2008). She holds honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2003) and Bar-Ilan University (2009), and is the first winner of the Cheshin Prize for Excellence in Legal Research (2009). She is a noted critic of Israel's "Constitutional Revolution," and has been a vocal critic of, and interlocutor with, Israel's leading jurist, Chief Justice Aharon Barak. In 2011 she received her nation's highest prize -- the Israel Prize. 

See www.gavison.com or Announcement for more information.

 

Sponsored by: Macdonald Chair in Constitutional and Comparative Law, the Department of Government, and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

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