Tuesday, June 1, 2010

James Durham - Visiting the Supreme Court of Israel

The 2010 Touro Law Israel Summer Abroad group recently visited the Supreme Court of Israel, located in Kiryat David Ben Gurion, the center of Israeli government in Jerusalem. The modern facility, built in pale Jerusalem stone, was constructed with funds from the Rothschild Foundation, the result of a gift from Dorothy de Rothschild in the name of her late husband, James de Rothschild. The same gentleman donated funds in 1957 to build the Knesset, also constructed in Jerusalem stone.

Students and faculty received a short lecture on the structure of the Israeli court system from an English-speaking guide. Then, they observed a portion of arguments (conducted in Hebrew) in a labor law dispute, appearing before a three-judge panel.

After visiting the Supreme Court, the group took a bus tour of southern and southeast Jerusalem, narrated by an Israeli guide. The group visited the "wall of separation," which was constructed to protect Israeli Jewish neighborhoods from terrorist attacks, and viewed a West Bank checkpoint where Palestinian workers were returning home after a day in Israel.

By James Durham, Touro Law Summer Abroad Program in Israel 2010

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