About Us

The Israel Law and Liberty Forum is a new movement of lawyers, judges, students, and other individuals who are interested in Israeli law and policy. The Forum advances a conservative legal worldview based on four core principles: the separation of powers, judicial restraint, individual liberty, and limited government.

We believe that the state exists to preserve freedom; that the separation of powers is central to the functioning of democracy; and that it is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it ought to be.

The Forum was founded and is supported by the Tikvah Fund.

If you identify with one or more of these ideas, you are welcome to join our community.

Judicial Restraint

It is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it ought to be.

Separation of Powers

The legislative branch makes law; the executive branch implements law; the judiciary adjudicates cases and controversies arising from the law.

Individual Liberty

The foundations of a free society – due process, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, property rights, the right to privacy, freedom of employment and contract, and freedom of conscience.

Limited Government

The essential function of government is to enable and protect the liberty of its citizens.

Who Are We?

Read about our staff and our Israeli and international advisory boards.

Why Was the Forum Established?

On matters relating to the judiciary, the foundations of democratic regimes, and the proper relationship between individual and state, Israeli public discourse is often one-sided, shallow, and monolithic. An orthodoxy promoting judicial activism and supremacy is advanced in academia, the media, and in Israel’s intellectual elite. But many concerned citizens, and specifically many jurists, disagree with this worldview and its underlying assumptions. They believe in an alternative set of ideas and desire a richer expression of ideas and dialogue in academic scholarship, media analysis, and political discussion.

The Forum was established to serve as a platform for these alternative ideas and thinkers. The Forum does not take specific policy positions, nor is it a partisan or political body. Our work is inspired by and conducted in cooperation with the US-based Federalist Society.

 

How Can You Get Involved?

We are proud to say that many of our activities are initiated and run by dedicated volunteers who connect with our mission. The first way of getting involved is to join as a member so that you can stay updated on our events and keep in touch with us. Second, please encourage as many other people interested in our mission to sign up as well. You are invited to contact us with any questions or ideas you might have, to join any of our upcoming events, and to “Like” our Facebook page.