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


March 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:15pm


The Israeli Supreme Court Project and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University invite you to:

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

The year 2017 marked the near simultaneous retirement of the three most senior members of the Israeli Supreme Court. President Miriam Naor, Deputy President Elyakim Rubinstein, and Justice Salim Joubran all reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. President Naor has remarked that their departure is "the end of an era" because they are the last members of the Court to have Palestine birth certificates. But apart from that symbolic closure, the departure of these three important justices marks an unusual juncture in the Court's evolution. It is an appropriate moment both to acknowledge and evaluate the jurisprudential contributions of these three Justices and to take stock of the Court's position in Israeli law and society.

This conference begins with an evening panel at Columbia University on March 7 featuring all three Justices. On March 8, Cardozo will host three panels, each focusing on a specific opinion and the general jurisprudence of one of the three Justices.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8 p.m.

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Pulitzer Hall
Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Thursday, March 8, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Attendees will receive 1.5 NY State CLE credits per panel.

Panel 1
9 - 10:30 p.m.

Hon. Miriam Naor, Supreme Court of Israel (ret'd)

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, The New School

Tally Kritzman-Amir, College of Law and Business (Israel) and Harvard Law School

Alex Stein, Brooklyn Law School

Rivka Weill, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Yale Law School

Doron Kalir, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, moderator

Panel 2
11 - 12:30 p.m.

Hon. Salim Joubran, Supreme Court of Israel (ret'd)

Stephen Ross, Penn State

Udi Sommer, Tel Aviv University and Columbia University

Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

Michael Herz, Cardozo School of Law, moderator

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Panel 3
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Hon. Elyakim Rubinstein, Supreme Court of Israel (ret'd)

Susanna Mancini, University of Bologna and Columbia University

Nomi Stolzenberg, USC Gould School of Law

Julie Suk, Cardozo School of Law

Michael Stanislawski, Columbia University, moderator