Israel’s Supreme Court sided with the military in three house-demolition cases, but a close examination of the rulings exposes the increasing tensions on the court around the legality of the policy of destroying the houses of terrorists.
Professor Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law and former Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also currently serves as Vice President for Research at the Israel Democracy Institute, and as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Prof. Shany received his LL.B. cum laude from the Hebrew University, LL.M. from New York University and Ph.D. in international law from the University of London.
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