International Conference: Demography and Human Rights

The Human Rights Program of the Ramat Gan Law School will hold its second international human rights conference on the subject of "Demography and Human Rights". The conference will be conducted as a researchers' workshop and will take place in Sheraton City-Tower Hotel, Ramat Gan, on January 12-14, 2007.

In the workshop we will examine the role of demographic considerations in internal public policy and in immigration policy. Can a state strive to maintain a certain ethnic balance? Is it legitimate for the state to encourage higher birth rates, and if it is, can it do so along ethnic lines? The morality of such considerations is rarely addressed by legal scholars and political theorists. The increasing use of demographic considerations in public policy debates in Israel, Europe and other parts of the world makes the discussion of the morality of the demographic discourse and its implications for human rights (especially ethnic minorities and women) highly important.

The workshop is closed for the public.
Researchers who are interested in participating please contact the workshop organizers: Gila Stopler (gstopler@rg-law.ac.il) and Moshe Cohen-Eliya (mcohen@rg-law.ac.il).


Papers from this workshop will be published in Journal of law and ethics of human rights
Friday 12.1.07
Greetings: Prof. Yoseph Edrey, Dean, Ramat-Gan Law School  
First Session  
Dr. Yossi Dahan
Ramat Gan Law School
Chair  
Prof. Seyla Benhabib
Yale University
Twilight of Sovereignty or the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Norms? Rethinking Citizenship in Volatile Times  
Prof.Yossi Yonah
Ben Gurion University
Commentator  
Dr. Na’ama Carmi
University of Haifa
Immigration Policy: Between Demographic Considerations and Preservation of Culture  
Hassan Jabareen
Adalah
Commentator  
Second Session  
Prof. Seyla Benhabib
Yale University
Chair
 
Prof. Peter Schuck
Yale University
Demography, Human Rights, and Diversity Management, American-Style  
Tally Kritzman
Tel Aviv University
Commentator  
Dr. Gila Stopler
Ramat Gan Law School
Natality Policies in Ethnically Divided and Multicultural Societies  
Dr. Tzvia Greenfield Commentator  
 
Sunday 14.1.07
Third session  
Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez
Tel Aviv University
Chair
 
Prof. Jose Brunner
Tel Aviv University
Liberal Laws v. the Law of Large Numbers, or Why Demography Arouses Anxiety
 
Dr. Shai Lavi
Tel Aviv University
Commentator  
Prof. Chaim Gans
Tel Aviv University
Nationality-Based Priorities and Nationality- Based Restrictions in Immigration  
Dr. Ilan Saban
University of Haifa
Commentator
 
Fourth Session  
Dr. Michael Karayanni
Hebrew University
Chair  
Prof. Christian Joppke
American University of Paris
Comparative Citizenship: A Restrictive Turn in Europe?  
Prof. Sammy Smooha
University of Haifa
Commentator  
Dr. Yaacov Ben Shemesh
Ono Law School

Demography and the Supreme Court: The Return of the Repressed

 
Dr. Moshe Cohen Eliya
Ramat Gan Law School
Commentator  
Fifth Session  
Prof. Eyal Benvenisti
Tel-Aviv University
Chair  
Reaf Zreik
Harvard University
Notes on the Value of Theory: Readings in the Law of Return - A Polemic  
Prof. Claude Klein
Hebrew University
Commentator  
Prof. Timothy Waters
University of Indiana
The Blessing of Departure – Exchange of Populated Territories: The Lieberman Plan as an Abstract Exercise in Demographic Transformation  
Dr. Yuval Shany
Hebrew University
Commentator