Amichai Cohen

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Amichai Cohen teaches international law and national security law at the Ono Academic College, Israel, where he previously served as the dean of the Faculty of Law. He is also a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Cohen received his LL.B. degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School.

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The Current State of Play in Israel’s Constitutional Showdown

As the first draft laws making up the new Israeli government’s judicial reform start passing preliminary votes in the Knesset, Israel moves toward a constitutional showdown, in which the Supreme Court might have to strike down new laws that seek to remove its power to strike down unconstitutional legislation.

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No More Legal ‘Gatekeepers’? Plans to Downgrade the Status of Government Legal Advisors in Israel

Government legal advisers play an important role in upholding the rule of law in Israel. Planned legal reforms, however, seek to allow the government to ignore their legal opinions and replace senior advisers with political appointees.

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Reversing the ‘Constitutional Revolution’: The Israeli Government’s Plan to Undermine the Supreme Court’s Judicial Review of Legislation

How did the Israeli Supreme Court use its authority after the constitutional revolution of the 1990s and what do current proposals to limit the power of the court to exercise judicial review over Knesset legislation look like?

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The New Israeli Government’s ‘Constitutional Law Reforms’: Why now? What do they mean? And what will happen next?

With the swearing in of Israel’s new government, Israel’s legal system is facing proposals for sweeping reform that would change fundamental aspects of the courts’ ability to check and balance the Knesset’s legislative powers.