Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?

A lecture by Ruth Gavison of Hebrew University.

Tue, February 14, 2012 | McCombs School of Business, room 2.126

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?

Ruth Gavison is Professor of Law at Hebrew University as well as the founding president of the Center for Zionist-Jewish-Liberal-Humanistic Thought (MATZILA). Dr. Gavison's areas of interest include philosophy of law, democracy and human rights, law and morality, law and politics, religion and state, and Israeli society. She has published dozens of articles and a large number of books on these subjects. Dr. Gavison speaks regularly to the media and is outspoken in her views on human rights and in her opposition to judicial review.

In addition, Gavison has served on numerous public committees, including, most recently, the Winograd Committee investigating the Second Lebanon War (2006–2008). She was an advisor to the Knesset Legislative Committee for a Constitution in 2006.  

She received an Ll.B. in 1969, a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics in 1970, and an Ll.M. in 1971, all from the Hebrew University (HUJ). She was admitted to the Israeli bar in 1971, and in 1975 received a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Law from Oxford University. From 1969 until her appointment to a full professorship in 1990, Gavison held various teaching positions at the Hebrew University. From 1978 to 1980 she was a visiting professor at Yale University. Since 1984 she has held the Haim Cohen Chair for Human Rights at HUJ. Between 1990 and 1992 she was a visiting professor at USC, and between 1998 and 1999, a fellow at the Institute for Human Values at Princeton.

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies jointly with the Department of Government

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