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Judicial Diversity in Israel: an Empirical Study of Judges, Lawyers and Law Students

Levy Ariel, Yael; (2018) Judicial Diversity in Israel: an Empirical Study of Judges, Lawyers and Law Students. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Israel has witnessed both the judicialization of politics and growing criticism that the judiciary does not reflect the diversity of Israeli society. However, no comprehensive analysis of judicial diversity in Israel has existed. In addition, despite substantial changes in legal education and the legal profession in Israel in the past two decades, there has been no research into the demographics of Israeli lawyers and law students who make up the “pool” for future judicial appointments. These factors, along with recent proposals to reform the judicial selection procedure, form the background to this research, the aims of which are: (1) To provide the first comprehensive analysis of judicial diversity in Israel; (2) To provide the first study of diversity amongst Israeli lawyers and law students; (3) To explore perceptions of Israeli lawyers and law students regarding judicial diversity in Israel. To achieve this, three large-scale quantitative empirical studies were carried out. The first study draws on publicly available information to profile the diversity of all judges in the general court system in Israel (covering over 700 judges). The other two studies surveyed lawyers and law students in Israel, profiling the diversity of each group and examining their views about the Israeli judiciary, judicial diversity in general and in Israel, as well as their interest in a judicial career. The three studies therefore provide a unique insight into judicial diversity in Israel as it currently stands as well as the where it may be heading in the immediate and longer-term future. The thesis also places its findings within the continuing debate about judicial diversity in Israel, and it explores how judicial diversity in Israeli fits within the wider scholarship on judicial diversity worldwide.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Judicial Diversity in Israel: an Empirical Study of Judges, Lawyers and Law Students
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047313
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