American Influence on Israeli Law: Freedom of Expression

THE U.S. AND ISRAEL: SIX DECADES OF RELATIONS, Robert O. Freedman, ed., Westview Press, 2011

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 10-36

Posted: 5 Nov 2010  

Pnina Lahav

Boston University - School of Law

Date Written: November 3, 2010

Abstract

This chapter provides a historical overview of the American influence on Israel’s jurisprudence of freedom of expression from the 1950s to the first decade of the twenty first century. The chapter uses the format of decades, presenting representative cases for each decade, to record the process by which Israeli judges incorporated and sometimes rejected themes from the U.S. jurisprudence of freedom of expression. In the course of discussing the jurisprudential themes the chapter also highlights the historical context in which the cases were decided, from the war in Korea and McCarthyism in the 1950s, to the process of globalization which dominated the first decade of the twenty first century. The chapter asserts that over the decades the Israeli understanding of freedom of expression has matured so that today the appearance of U.S. law is invoked primarily for rhetorical purposes. In contrast to the 1950s, contemporary Israeli courts have enough authentic jurisprudence to guide them in their decisional law.

Keywords: freedom of expression, American influence on Israeli Law, Israel's jurisprudence of freedom of expression, constitutional law, comparative law, legal history

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Lahav, Pnina, American Influence on Israeli Law: Freedom of Expression (November 3, 2010). THE U.S. AND ISRAEL: SIX DECADES OF RELATIONS, Robert O. Freedman, ed., Westview Press, 2011; Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 10-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1702476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1702476

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