How Much Courage Does the Law Need?
Plenary / Democracy & the Rule of Lawenglish language
Without decisive enforcement, laws are just hollow words. Courageous figures discuss how they have upheld the law using all the means at their disposal. In many cases they have even put their personal safety on the line to help the law prevail.
Judge, Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Phnom Penh
Board Member and Chair of the International Council, NIF - New Israel Fund, Jerusalem
|Attorney Talia Sasson, fmr. President of the New Israel Fund (NIF) and Chair of its board. She serves on the public councils of numerous peace and human rights organizations. In 2009, she ran for the Knesset as representative of The New Movement & Meretz. From 2004 to 2010, Mrs. Sasson taught a course on "Defending Israel's Democracy through Law" at Tel-Aviv University's Law Faculty. At the request of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, from August 2004 to March 2005, Mrs. Sasson served as a special legal advisor for the government. In that capacity, she authored the Sasson Report on illegal outposts and law enforcement on Israelis in the West Bank. From 1979 to February 2004 she worked in the State Attorney’s office. From 1989 to 1993 she headed the Civil Department in the Office of the District Attorney of Jerusalem. From 1996 to 2004, she headed the Special Tasks Division of the State Attorney’s office. In this role, she represented the government of Israel before the Supreme Court for thirteen years in civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative cases and was also involved in various security and military issues. Mrs. Sasson is the author of "At the Edge of the Abyss: Is the victory of the settlements the end of Israeli democracy?," which was published in 2015.|