Info Session: The Call for “Democracy” in Israel
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 Israeli Economy Prof. Yossi Spiegel - Coller School of Management
16:30 Judicial Reform and its Legal Implications Dr. Yofi Tirosh - Vice Dean Faculty of Law
17:00 Round Tables with Israeli Students & Students from other countries sharing similar stories and experiences