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President of Israeli Supreme Court to deliver public address, April 16

Apr 16, 2009 (All day)
Audience: 
Open to the Public

The Woodrow Wilson School's Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) will host a pubilc talk by Dorit Beinisch, President of the Supreme Court of Israel, titled “Defending Human Rights in Times of Terror” at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16th in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event is the fifth annual Donald S. Bernstein ’75 Lecture sponsored by LAPA.

Appointed a Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court in 1995, Beinisch was named president of the court in September 2006, becoming the first woman to hold this position. She was born in Tel-Aviv, and received her bachelor of laws degree and master of laws degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She began her public service career in 1967 in the Ministry of Justice, and served as senior attorney in the Criminal Law Department and director of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law. In 1982, she became deputy state attorney and six years later, state attorney of Israel.

A major focus of Beinisch’s career has been to ensure that government institutions, especially the security forces and the police, adhere to the rule of law and protect human rights. Her Princeton lecture will address this need to balance security and democratic values.

The Bernstein Lecture, started in 2005 through the generosity of Donald S. Bernstein '75, brings a significant legal scholar to campus each year. Previous Bernstein Lecturers have been Judge Richard Posner (2005), Kenneth Roth (2006), Robert C. Post (2007), and Cass R. Sunstein (2008).The Bernstein Lecture, started in 2005 through the generosity of Donald S. Bernstein '75, brings a significant legal scholar to campus each year. Previous Bernstein Lecturers have been Judge Richard Posner (2005), Kenneth Roth (2006), Robert C. Post (2007), and Cass R. Sunstein (2008).

The lecture is free and open to the public. Photo identification will be required for admission, and backpacks and other large items will not be permitted in the lecture hall. Because of security considerations, audience members are urged to arrive early. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be limited. Robertson Hall is located at the corner of Washington Road and Prospect Avenue. A simulcast will be available in McCosh Hall 50 for latecomers.

 

 

04.16.2009
Dorit Beinisch, President of the Supreme Court of Israel