Law, Culture and Collective Identity: Palestinian-Arabs and Jews in Israeli Law and Society

Law, Culture and Collective Identity: Palestinian-Arabs and Jews in Israeli Law and Society

Voting in the Israeli-Arab town of Jaffa, a mixed city of Christians, Muslims and Jews, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (Photo: The Israel Project; cropped.) CC0 BY-SA 2.0.

University of Haifa Professor Gad Barzilai will discuss the interactions between Jewish and Palestinian identities and the heated debates on law and society within the global context.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
UCLA School of Law, Room 1457


Sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA School of Law, International and Comparative Law Program

About the Talk

Through their publications and international activities, law and society scholars have studied and debated a range of issues and related topics significant to Israel. These include: state law, judicial review, communities, religion, the constitutional meaning of "Jewish and Democratic," human rights, citizenship, equality, minorities, ethnicity, gender and feminism, and Palestinian-Jewish relations amid a protracted conflict. In this lecture Professor Gad Barzilai will analyze the interactions between Jewish and Palestinian identities and heated debates on law and society within the global context.

About the Speaker

Gad Barzilai is Vice Provost and Dean (Emeritus) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. He is an international expert on comparative politics and law who has also written extensively on Israel in the Middle East context and comparative political context.

He has published 17 books and about 170 articles and essays in academic journals, and edited a number of works on law and religion. Several of his publications have received awards, including Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities (University of Michigan Press) which paved the way for a new understanding of the role of communities in shaping practices in law and towards it. First published in 2003, the book was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Association for Israel Studies in 2004. 

Barzilai is the co-founder of the Israeli Association of Law and Society and has served as a member of the Board of the American Journal of Political Science; Association of Israel Studies; Israel Studies Forum; and the Journal of Comparative Studies. He is active in international, Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian human rights organizations and has advised senior politicians and NGOs on issues of law and politics.

He studied public, international and commercial law at Tel Aviv University, completed his doctoral studies in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has received degrees and training from Yale University, Michigan University and Bar-Ilan University. 


Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies