In May I had a great opportunity to learn firsthand about the most current issues on Israel’s legislative agenda by attending the 12th Annual Conference of the Israel Bar Association. The conference took place in Eilat, a city located at the shore of the Red Sea, near Israel’s borders with both Egypt and Jordan.
The conference included two programs: a program hosted by the Israel Bar Association on current Israeli legal topics, presented in the Hebrew language; and a joint program co-hosted by both the Israel Bar Association and the American Bar Association Section of International Law on comparative aspects of a number of evolving legal subjects, presented in the English language. Speakers in both programs included Knesset (Israel’s parliament) Members, judges, legal experts from Israel as well as from other countries, journalists and academics.
The Israel Bar Association program included numerous discussions on the most up-to-date subjects on Israel’s social and legal agenda, such as proposals for replacement of the law on Haredi Military Draft Postponement (the “Tal Law”); the application of Israeli immigration law with specific emphasis on persons from Sudan and Eritrea arriving through the Sinai desert; and legal aspects of Israel’s economic market concentration.
The joint Bar Association program included panel discussions on subjects such as the “New Employment Relationship” and its impact on the legal rights of employers and employees; “Protection of Intellectual Property in an Era of Technology Collaboration”; “Women’s Rights, Civil Rights and Human Rights”; “the Biometric Law and Identity Theft”; and “Pre-emptive military actions: a valid option under international law or a threat to international peace?” Audio recordings of some of the panel discussions of both programs are available on the Israel Bar Association website.