Law Reform in Israel
The Theory and Practice of Legislation, Forthcoming
32 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 7, 2018
How is law reformed in Israel? This article seeks to elucidate the complicated story of law reform in Israel. It first reviews the early years of the State when Ottoman and Mandatory law were absorbed into the new Israeli legislation. It then focuses on the work of Professor Uri Yadin and the legislative department in the Ministry of Justice during the 1960-1970s with the ‘New Israeli Legislation’ and the ‘Working Towards Codification’. Thereafter, it shifts the focus to the legislature, the Knesset and the rise of private legislation during the 1990s. Finally, it examines the important role of the Counselling and Legislation Department at the Ministry of Justice in law reform and evaluates the role of the court in judicial law-making. The article concludes and reiterates some of the main criticism we have concerning law reform in Israel.
Keywords: Law Reform, The Knesset, Mixed Jurisdictions, Uri Yadin, Codification, Israel, Private Legislation
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