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President of Israeli Supreme Court to discuss human rights

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 8:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Dorit Beinisch, president of the Supreme Court of Israel, will deliver a lecture on "Defending Human Rights in Times of Terror" at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Appointed a justice of the Israeli Supreme Court in 1995, Beinisch was named president of the court in September 2006, becoming the first woman to hold this position. She previously served as state attorney of Israel as part of a public service career that began in 1967. A major focus of Beinisch's career has been to ensure that government institutions, especially security forces and police, adhere to the rule of law and protect human rights.

The lecture is open to the public. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Because of security considerations, audience members must arrive early to be screened with handheld metal detectors. All patrons are urged to avoid bringing unnecessary metal items that might activate the detectors. Photo identification will be required for admission, and backpacks and other large items will not be permitted in the auditorium. The lecture will be simulcast in McCosh 50 and will be archived later for viewing on the WebMedia site.

The event is the fifth annual Donald S. Bernstein '75 Lecture sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

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