President of Israeli Supreme Court to Visit Tulsa As Rabin Lecturer in Sept. 5 TU Speech

Friday, August 09, 2002

Aharon Barak, president of the Supreme Court of Israel and a key figure in global jurisprudence, will discuss "Israel as a Democratic and Jewish State" at the third annual Rabin Lecture, Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at The University of Tulsa. The event is sponsored by TU and the Jewish Federation of Tulsa.

"Aharon Barak is the 'John Marshall' of Israeli law," said Martin H. Belsky, dean of the TU College of Law. "Under his leadership, the Supreme Court has become an equal partner in the governing of Israel and has protected all of its citizens – whatever their religion or ethnic background."

Born in Lithuania in 1936, Barak immigrated to Israel in 1947. He studied law, economics and international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he became a lecturer, professor and dean of the law school. He was attorney general before being named to the Israeli Supreme Court in 1978, and was appointed president of the court in 1995. Barak also teaches at Hebrew University and Yale University.

"As a key member of the government of the only democracy in the Middle East, Justice Barak personifies Israel's commitment to personal freedom and a civil society," said Perry Simons, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa.

The lecture series honors the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sue Lorenz at (918) 631-5622 or at slorenz@utulsa.edu.