The Legacy of Justice Aharon Barak

“Here in the penal colony I have been appointed as judge”

I.*

Former Chief Justice Aharon Barak is definitely the most outstanding judge in Israel’s history. No other judge has left as many significant fingerprints on Israel’s Supreme Court (ISC). No judge has influenced Israeli law and society as well as its image abroad as much as he did. Barak’s meticulous rulings and academic scholarship cover an impressive range of fields of law and knowledge and have promoted rights- minded discourse inside Israel. Given this background, however, Barak’s record on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) is overwhelmingly disappointing.

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