Israel’s Supreme Court Reform Efforts in Context

March 29, 2023 • 12:30 PM • Law School 4045

Join Duke Law alumnus Peter Kahn JD'76, Senior Counsel at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Israeli lawyer Dov Weissglas for an in-depth discussion about Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to reform Israel's Supreme Court. Mr. Kahn and Mr. Weissglas will review current legislative proposals to curtail the authority of the Israel Supreme Court's judicial review of government actions, discuss the implications of those efforts, and help put the proposals into a historical and political context. There will be ample time set aside for questions from and discussion with the audience. Mr. Weissglas is a prominent lawyer and business leader in Israel who served for many years as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's personal attorney and was appointed as Sharon's Chief of Staff in 2002. In that role, he served as Israel's principal negotiator with U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on the George W. Bush administration's Roadmap for Peace Initiative in the Middle East. He also was one of the key architects of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. Mr. Kahn has practiced law for more than 45 years and is the former co-chair of Williams & Connolly's International Litigation Practice Group. Starting with his representation of the Israelis in the Jonathan Pollard spy case in the 1980s, Mr. Kahn has handled numerous cases for American clients with interests in Israel, and for Israeli clients with matters pending in the United States, including, among others, the family of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Lunch and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cosponsored by the Bolch Judicial Institute, Judicature International, and the Jewish Law Students Association. For more information, please contact Kristin Triebel at