Jan

24 2021

Unraveling the Complexities of the Israeli Legal System

Sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton
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UNRAVELING THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE ISRAELI LEGAL SYSTEM:
THE ROLE OF RABBINIC COURTS AND SUPREME COURT IN THE ARENAS OF PERSONAL STATUS AND REPRODUCTIVE LAW
With Suzanne Last Stone, J.D.

Israel’s judicial system consists of religious courts (including rabbinic courts) and secular courts. Their respective arenas are relatively well-defined: the rabbinic courts deal with personal status, including marriage and divorce and ancillary issues, based on halachic procedure and precedent. The civil secular courts deal with most other matters, based on statute, common law, and precedent. But there are overlaps and conflicts between the two court branches.

In her presentation, Professor Stone will examine the roles of rabbinic and secular courts in controlling and deciding matters related to the long-standing customs of marriage and divorce and the traditional status of women. She will also discuss how the secular courts have developed the much newer area of reproductive law, independent of the rabbinic courts. Professor Stone will compare the traditional and modern perspectives if each court and their impact on society, as well as comparing the development of Israeli reproductive law with its development in other countries, including the United States.

Suzanne Last Stone, J.D. is professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. She is also an affiliated visiting professor of Jewish law at Hebrew University Law and Tel Aviv University Law School. Professor Stone writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish legal thought and contemporary legal theory. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School. Before joining Cardozo, she clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

This is the second in a series of IDIC presentations focusing on facets of contemporary Israeli law, Understanding the Legal System in Israel and Its Impact on Israeli Society. We will examine the interaction of religious law, civil law, military law, and international law, and specific outcomes of those interactions.
The Israel Dialogue Initiative Committee of The Jewish Center is charged with providing congregants with programming that examines in depth those aspects of Israel and Israeli society that are sometimes controversial or confounding to American Jews and seldom broached in other TJC programming. Donations to support these efforts are appreciated.

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