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Manny’s: Israel’s Judicial Overhaul: Is This the End of Democracy?

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent return to power in Israel heralded the country’s most extremist right-wing and religious government in the country’s history. Israel’s 37th government features several ministers with significant involvement in violence, incitement to racism, and corruption, some of them convicted criminals. The government plans to overhaul Israel’s political and judicial structure, disempowering the judiciary and destabilizing the checks-and-balances system, seriously undermining democracy and endangering civil and human rights, especially for Palestinians and other non-Jews, women, LGBTQ people, secular people, and political dissidents. This plan has sparked a massive public protest, with hundreds of thousands people in the streets fighting for democracy.

What is behind the government’s push to overhaul the judiciary?

Can the overhaul be stopped?

How is this being perceived in the Middle East?

What does this mean for

What does this mean for democracy in Israel and beyond?

We’ve brought together six leading experts to discuss what this plan portends for the future of civil society in Israel–and what it means for us in the U.S.


Hadar Aviram is the Thomas Miller ’73 Professor at UC College of the Law, San Francisco, and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in criminal law, corrections, law and politics, and civil rights. A frequent media commentator on American law and politics, she has also provided legal analysis on Netanyahu’s criminal trials for Al Jazeera. She is the former president of the Western Society of Criminology.

Binyamin Blum is the Associate Dean for Global Programs and a Professor of Law at UC College of the Law, San Francisco. He specializes in legal history of the British Empire, colonialism, contemporary issues of evidence and proof, and the history of forensic science. Prof. Blum is a former visiting professor at Stanford Law School and the former Chair of the Jerusalem Legal History Forum.

Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg is a Professor of Law at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law. She is currently the Helen Diller Institute Visiting Professor and an Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Law and Society (2021-2023) .She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Israeli Criminal Law Association. Prof. Dancig-Rosenberg specializes in criminal law and procedure, and her areas of expertise include the philosophy of criminal law, non-adversarial justice, and criminal justice reform and alternatives to incarceration.

Roy Rosenberg is a Senior Vice President with Compass Lexecon based in Oakland. Formerly a senior partner in leading Israeli economic consulting firms and the Deputy Chief Economist of the Israel Antitrust Authority (IAA), he has provided economic consulting services and expert reports to leading corporates in the Israeli market, on issues related to competition, sector-specific regulation, strategic planning, and damages cases.

Masua Sagiv is the Koret visiting assistant Professor in UC Berkeley School of Law and Scholar in Residence for the Bay Area for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She specializes in the intersection of law, religion, and feminism.

Michal Tamir is Helen Diller Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley and An Associate Professor at The Academic Center of Law and Science, Israel. She is the former president of the Israeli Law and Society Association and a former Tikvah Visiting Professor at NYU. Her research and teaching focus on Constitutional and Administrative Law.

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April 3
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


3092 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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+1 415-203-7122
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