Information Session: The Call for “Democracy” in Israel
What do I Need to Know about the Government Judicial Reform?
Where: Naftali Building | Room 208
When: Wednesday, March 15 | 16:00
The Israeli government coalition is currently pushing a series of legislative actions whose supporters call “judicial reform” and detractors call “judicial overhaul.” These include a simple-majority override clause that would enable parliament to easily reverse any Supreme Court decisions; giving the government complete control over the nomination process of judges; preventing judges from using the "reasonability" clause to strike down legislation and administration decisions, and more.
While the government and its supporters claim that this series of acts are designed to strengthen Israeli democracy, many legal and political experts in Israel and worldwide warn that the aggregate effect would weaken the democratic basis of the State of Israel, while exposing minorities and other vulnerable populations to potential violation. With such warnings in mind, thousands of people have been taking to the streets, protesting against the legislation.
The pace of events is difficult to keep up with, even for Israelis. To shed light on the situation, answer your questions, and encourage conversation in a safe environment, we designed the following discussion panels:
16:00 Judicial Reform and the Legal Implications
Prof. Ronen Avraham - The Buchmann Faculty of Law
16:30 Judicial Reform and the Israeli Economy
Prof. Yossi Spiegel - Coller School of Management
17:00 Round Tables with local and international Students Sharing Similar Stories and Experiences
Please RSVP here.