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Webinar – Judicial Reforms: Assessment and Prospects

UKLFI Charitable Trust invites you to a webinar on Judicial Reforms: Assessment and Prospects with Professor Yuval Shany and Professor Avi Bell, chaired by Natasha Hausdorff on Sunday 16th April at 6pm UK time, 8pm Israel, 7pm Europe, 12 noon (US East Coast).

Following major demonstrations, disruption and refusals of some reservists to attend military training, the Israeli government has paused the progress of its proposed judicial reforms in the Knesset to allow negotiations with opposition parties. A compromise package put forward by President Herzog was earlier rejected by the government. In this webinar leading Law Professors Yuval Shany and Avi Bell will assess the proposed legislation and the prospects for compromise or conflict.


Prof. Yuval Shany holds the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law and is the former Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 2013 to 2020, and served for one year during that time as Chair of the Committee. He currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, the Chair of the Hebrew University’s Minerva Center for Human Rights’ academic committee, co-director of the Faculty’s International Law Forum and transitional justice program, and the head of the CyberLaw program of the Hebrew University CyberSecurity Research Center. His research focuses on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international courts and tribunals and international law in cyberspace.

Prof Shany has written a series of articles with Prof Amichai Cohen on the proposed judicial reforms published in LAWFARE blog:

Prof. Avi Bell is Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and at Bar Ilan University’s Faculty of Law and also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum. Prof. Bell assists various non-profit organizations with training, legal advice, and strategic direction, and he has consulted with and given testimony to officials and committees of parliaments, governments and international organizations on six continents. He is on the board of Directors of NGO Monitor.

Natasha Hausdorff is a barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers, and a frequent speaker on International Law. She has a law degree from Oxford University, qualified as a solicitor at Skadden, and subsequently gained an LLM from Tel Aviv University, focussing on public international law and the law of armed conflict. She clerked for Miriam Naor, President of Israel’s Supreme Court, and was a Fellow at Columbia Law School’s National Security Program. Natasha is legal director of UKLFI Charitable Trust.