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262.11 sec. 001 - Advanced Constitutional Law: Israel in a Comparative Perspective (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Amnon Reichman  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location: Law 111
    From February 20, 2020
    To February 27, 2020

    F 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    Location: Law 111
    From February 21, 2020
    To February 28, 2020

    F 3:10 PM - 4:45 PM
    Location: Law 111
    From February 21, 2020
    To February 28, 2020

Course Start: February 20, 2020
Course End: February 28, 2020
Class Number: 32594

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 5
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

Israel is a uniquely instructive case study for engagement and reflection on key questions of constitutional law: after five decades with no written constitution, it has transitioned in the 1990’s towards a formal constitutional regime, albeit an incomplete one, as its contours are still being negotiated. Its legal and political culture is a hybrid of Anglo-American and Continental-European traditions. It defines itself as a “Jewish and democratic state,” adopting a non-neutral, ethno-national identity, thereby raising concerns regarding the status - symbolic and tangible - of fifth of its population, while at the same time committing to civic quality and a liberal human rights regime, and engaging the discourse of cultural group rights. Finally, Israel faces well-known security threats, as well as immigration challenges and class-and-ethnic-based disparities. These challenges are further compounded by the debates surrounding the legal regime applicable in the West Bank. Constitutional law has been a central arena in which Israel’s response to such challenges is debated and examined.
We will follow debates regarding constitutional design (including separation of powers, judicial review and judicial independence), equal protection of rights (of national, ethnic, and religious minorities), gender discrimination, free speech, social and economic rights, state and religion, the use of force and attempts to address political corruption. We will discuss each of these issues in the abstract, surveying the main theoretical frameworks of analysis and evaluation, and then employ the generalized notions to the case of Israel. We will read together closely at least one representative case dealing with each of the above mentioned topics, with the intention that by the end of the course participants will have a usable understanding of the main issues tackled by the Israeli Society, the manner through which they are dealt, and the respective legal and social implications. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between legal doctrine and social, economic and political factors. The class should therefore be of interest both to those with a specific interest in Israeli constitutional politics, as well as to those seeking an in-depth examination of central issues in constitutional theory.

This course meets:
Thursday, February 20th 6:25-9:00 pm
Friday, February 21st 10 am -12:15 pm and 3:10 pm- 4:45 pm
Thursday, February 27th 6:25-9:00 pm
Friday, February 28th 10 am -12:15 pm and 3:10 pm- 4:45 pm

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Taking Con Law prior to, or in concurrence with, this course is highly recommended. Furthermore, students should be advised that given the limited number of class meetings, attendance is particularly important.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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