The Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions: Insights from Israel

The Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions: Insights from Israel

2054 CL-415 aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force helping in the fight against the fires in Haifa(Photo: Avi Ben Zaken/Wikimedia Commons; cropped.) CC0 BY-SA 4.0.

University of Haifa Associate Professor of Law and Minerva Center for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions researcher Amnon Reichman will share lessons learned from Israeli experiences.

Thursday, March 01, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
UCLA School of Law, Room 1457

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Co-sponsored by the UCLA International and Comparative Law Program

About the Talk

Extreme Conditions - wars, "natural" disasters and socio-political meltdowns - pose a unique challenge for the rule of law. Is law, and the legal system, part of the solution, by addressing in advance and in an orderly fashion the risks of disasters (including the risks of abuse of powers), or is law part of the problem because it limits the powers of governments to do what is necessary in confronting the unforeseen? And after disaster strikes: are lawsuits - as we currently know them - the adequate tool with which to address the damages, or should we develop alternative mechanisms? Even in functioning democracies these, and related, tensions are far from being resolved. As various degrees of extreme conditions become more prevalent, these questions demand our attention. Israel has been facing such risks since its inception, and therefore current research assessing its approach is worthy of discussion and critical analysis for the insights it provides.

About the Speaker

Amnon Reichman is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law and a Co-Principal Investigator of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa. In 2016, he also served as the President of the Israeli Law and Society Association.

Professor Reichman specializes in public law (constitutional law and administrative law), and his areas of expertise include models of regulation, neo-institutionalism, separation of powers, theories of judicial review, human rights, and comparative constitutional and administrative law.

He is the founder and chair of the Research Forum on the Rule of Law at the University of Haifa and heads the graduate program at the Faculty of Law (LL.M.) that specializes in civil and administrative law. He also taught and developed the syllabus for the legal segment of the graduate program in Emergency and Disaster Management in the University of Haifa's Geography Department.

Professor Reichman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF). He is a member of the European Group of Public Law and has taught in several leading institutions, including UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Yeshiva University (Cardozo School of Law) and the Center for Judicial Studies (University of Reno, Nevada).

He holds an LLB (Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1994), an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley (1996) and an S.J.D from the University of Toronto (2000). He conducted his post-graduate studies at the Center for Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University (2001). Prior to his graduate studies, Reichman clerked for the Hon. Justice Aharaon Barak at the Supreme Court of Israel (1995).

About the Minerva Center

The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law and the Geography and Environmental Studies Department is an international venue and transnational forum. The Center initiates innovative interdisciplinary research on the normative and institutional dimensions of the rule of law under extreme conditions as well as in-depth examination of law-in-action.

Its scholars focus on the rule of law, broadly defined to include policy and regulation, under three main types of extreme conditions: natural disasters (epidemics, floods, storms, fires, earthquakes); national security challenges (wars, terrorism, counter terrorism, cyber-terrorism and military actions); and socioeconomic crises (economic meltdowns and severe sociopolitical fragmentation).

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, International & Comparative Law Program (ICLP) at UCLA School of Law