Balancing National Security and Human Rights: Unique Elements of the Israeli Legal System

On 10 March 2015 Ms. Dorit Beinisch, President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of Israel (Ret.) presented a public lecture on “Balancing National Security and Human Rights: Unique Elements of the Israeli Legal System.”

Justice Beinisch began her professional career in public service in 1967 at the Ministry of Justice. In 1989 Dorit Beinisch was appointed the State Attorney of the State of Israel, becoming the first woman in Israel to hold that position. In this capacity she was in charge of all state attorneys in the country, and represented the state mainly before the Supreme Court. Serving as State Attorney, Dorit Beinisch focused on fighting corruption, dealing with issues of human rights based on both Israeli and international law, and ensuring compliance with the law by police and security forces.

In 1995 Dorit Beinisch was appointed Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court. In 2006 she became the first woman named President of the Israeli Supreme Court (Chief Justice). As a justice, Dorit Beinisch ruled in numerous cases relating to human rights, minority rights, terrorism and national security, and strived to stress, in her decisions, the importance of protection for the rights of women, children and the weak in society.


  • Ms. Dorit Beinisch
    President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court of Israel (Ret.)

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