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What’s in a[n Israeli] name?

Several In Custodia Legis team members have previously written about regulation of naming in a variety of countries, including Germany; Iceland ; New Zealand; Sweden; and Taiwan. I thought it would be interesting to see how Israel, my primary research jurisdiction, regulates names. The Most Popular Israeli Names (Good to Know Ruth is not Completely Outdated) Checking […]

Handling of Sexual Offenses in the Israeli Military

On December 18, 2016 the Tel- Aviv Military Court convicted a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of sexual offenses against female soldiers serving under his command. The conviction is believed to be of the highest ranking IDF soldier of such crimes, based on the officer’s admission as a result of a plea bargain. The officer had initially been […]

New Report Examines Veterans Benefits to Non-Citizens in France and in Israel

Tomorrow, on November 11, people in the United States will celebrate Veterans Day. The In Custodia Legis bloggers team has previously written about the historic aspects of Veterans Day and about resources available at the Library of Congress, specifically the Veterans History Project. The sacrifices made by United States veterans are recognized not only by a designation of a […]

Mazel Tov! I Now Pronounce You Husband and Wife (Under Israeli Law)

Israelis believe in marriage. According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2013 95 percent of all Israeli couples living together were married. The proportion of unmarried couples living together was relatively low in comparison to the percentage in some other OECD countries, which ranged from 7% (Italy) to 27% (Norway). Unlike Italy and Norway […]

Euthanasia under Israeli Law

For some time now, I have been interested in the subject of medical ethics. With the development of science and technology, it is now possible to create life where it was once impossible. We are certainly capable of extending life.  And to me, most importantly, is our ability to improve quality of life. These amazing achievements often raise complex, ethical dilemmas that reflect and […]

Israeli Conscription laws for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Two demonstrations took place last month, one in Jerusalem, and the other in New York’s financial district. Both were organized and attended by haredi (ultra-orthodox Jews; literally means “those who fear [God]”) who protested against the adoption of new legislation by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament). The legislation imposed conscription requirements on haredi yeshiva students in Israel. […]

The Sheinbein Saga and the Evolution of Israel’s Extradition Law

On Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, one of the oddest cases of unintended consequences came to an end. I refer to the death of Samuel Sheinbein in a shootout in an Israeli prison. According to media reports the thirty-three-years-old Sheinbein was shot after opening fire and seriously injuring several prison guards using a weapon he had smuggled […]