Benjamin Newman is a Ph.D. candidate at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. His research thesis to be written under the supervision of Prof. Talia Fisher, will focus on the normative values of the adversarial character of the criminal procedure, with the title “The Liberal Tension of Criminal Adversarialism”.
Benjamin has obtained an LL.B. degree in a combined program of Law and philosophy from the Hebrew University; an MA degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Tel-Aviv University, having written a thesis on “The Role of Emotions in Kantian Ethics”, and an LL.M. degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Throughout the last six years, Benjamin has been practicing law as a legal advocate in criminal law, representing detainees, defendants and prisoners on behalf of Israel’s public defence system. His research tries to reconcile between the theoretical aspects of the legal system and the legal practice. During his LL.M. studies, he had written a thesis on the practice of induced guilty pleas in the English system and Israel, recently been published in an international journal of criminal law: Managerial Induced Guilty Pleas in England and Israel – Legitimacy and the Role of the Judiciary: Reclaiming Judicial Responsibility through Managerial Means, Criminal Law Forum (2021), available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10609-021-09418-0).
His current research focuses on the theoretical aspects of the criminal procedure, evaluating the normative values of the adversarial character of the criminal procedure, focusing on the liberal values of adversarialism.