The Planned Overhaul of Israel’s Judiciary


Meital Pinto

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This remote program, led by a prominent Israeli scholar, will explain and analyze the legislative package that Israel's Minister of Justice introduced to overhaul the judicial system. The proposal generated unprecedented protests in Israel that received international media coverage. Supporters of the changes justify them as necessary to rein in an unaccountable judiciary. Opponents fear that the removal of the only effective check on executive power in Israel will jeopardize civil liberties, economic prosperity, and Israel’s international standing. Attendees will gain a deep understanding of the issues at hand and what they could mean for the future of Israel.

Speaker: Dr. Meital Pinto

Pinto is a senior lecturer at the Zefat Academic College, School of Law, and the Ono Academic College, Faculty of Law in Israel. She is also a teaching fellow at the faculty of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Pinto has an SJD (2009) and LLM (2005) from the University of Toronto, and LLB degree (2003) in Law and Government from Reichman University (IDC) Herzliya, Israel (Magna cum Laude). Prior to her graduate studies, Pinto served as a law clerk to Justice Asher Grunis of the Israeli Supreme Court, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. During the year 2022, Pinto has been an Israel Institute visiting fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, where she taught three courses about modern Israel.

Pinto’s research focuses on the issues of discrimination, and minority rights within multicultural societies (especially language rights and religious freedom), including the rights of women as minorities within minorities. She teaches Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Law and Gender.

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Frederick K. Cox International Law Center


CWRU Law Virtual Event

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