Justice Dorit Beinisch replaces outgoing president Justice Aharon Barak
In a historic step for women, on September 7, 2006 the Supreme Court of Israel welcomed Justice Dorit Beinisch as its new President, a role equivalent in importance to that of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the
Justice Beinisch joins Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni as one of the world's most influential women. Long admired as an advocate for human rights, equality and the rule of law, Justice Beinisch has issued and participated in seminal decisions upholding the rights of children, women and minorities including the 20% of Israeli citizens who are Arab as well as even the rights of non-Israelis affected by Israeli government action. (Please contact us if you'd like a book containing some of these important decisions.)
As Supreme Court President, Justice Beinisch will work to continue that legacy, one that she forged with her mentor, outgoing Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, an Israeli giant in the world of law and human rights.
Sagit Kaufman, an Israeli attorney in
President Beinisch has had a long and eminent career in public service. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces, rising to the rank of lieutenant. She received her law degree from The Hebrew University in