Private Power and Human Rights
Private Power & Human Rights

While the notion of human rights has evolved as a safeguard against a reality in which governments abuse their power, this reality has dramatically changed in the last several decades, as the power of private entities has increased, and, consequently, they have greater opportunities to restrict liberties. In a landmark decision of the Israeli Supreme Court (HCJ 05/2605 The Academic Center of Law and Business, the Human Rights Program v. The Minister of Finance (November 2009)), the Court ruled that a law transferring authority - from the Israeli government to a for-profit private contractor - to manage an Israeli prison is unconstitutional on the ground that it violates the prisoners’ constitutional rights to dignity and freedom.

The moral and global implications of this landmark decision will be discussed in our fifth human rights international conference. The conference's sessions will explore themes such as the privatization of police powers (prisons, adjudication, army, police, and immigration); the dangers of human rights violations by civil associations acting within the civil society; and the means to assure that the private mass media provides the necessary platform for free speech in a democratic society. The papers presented at the workshops will be published, after a "double blind" peer-review, in volume 5 of Law & Ethics of Human Rights (Berkeley Electronic Press).

Conference's Organizers:
Dr. Moshe Cohen-Eliya and Dr. Yoav Hammer




Papers from this workshop will be published in Journal of Law and Ethics of Human Rights (Bepress)

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS:



Dec. 28 Monday
Greetings 10:00-9:50

 

Dec. 29 Tuesday
coffee 09:50-9:30

Prisons and Police 10:00-11:00   Education 11:20-09:50
Dr. Doron Navot, Prof. Yoav Peled
University of Haifa; Tel-Aviv University
Towards a Comprehensive Critique of Private Incarceration   Prof. William Galston
The Brookings Institute
Parents, Government, and Children: Authority over Education in a Liberal Pluralist State
Prof. Alon Harel
Hebrew University
Commentator   Dr. Gila Stopler
Academic Center of Law and Business
Commentator
Prof. David Sklansky
Berkeley law school
Private Policing and Human Rights  

Dr. Yossi Dahan
Academic Center of Law and Business

Privatization, School Choice and Equality of Opportunity
Dr. Rivka Weill
Interdisciplinary Center
Commentator   Ms. Tammy Harel
Hebrew University
Commentator
coffee
11:50-11:30
  coffee
11:40-11:20
The Judiciary 13:20-11:50   Media:
Commemorating the Contribution of the Late Prof. Edwin C. Baker
13:10-11:40
Prof. Judith Resnik
Yale law school
Bring Back Bentham: "Open Courts," "Terror Trials," and Public Sphere(s)
 

Prof. Edwin C. Baker
University of Pennsylvania

Press Performance, Human Rights, and Private Power as a Threat
Prof. Eyal Benvenisti
Tel-Aviv University
Commentator   Dr. Michael Birnhack
Tel-Aviv University
Commentator and Presenter
Dr. Talia Fisher
Tel-Aviv University
A Nuanced Approach to the Privatization Debate   Dr. Yoav Hammer
Academic Center of Law and Business

The Public Discourse in a Democracy and Advertisements

Prof. Ariel Porat
Tel-Aviv University
Commentator   Dr. Iddo Porat
Academic Center of Law and Business
Commentator
Lunch 14:40-13:20   Lunch 14:20-13:10
Military, Asylum, Violence 17:00-14:40   Welfare; Corporate Social Responsibility 15:50-14:20
Ms. Daphné Richemond-Barak
Interdisciplinary Center
Military Outsourcing: Historical, Moral and Legal Perspectives   Dr. Catherine M. Donnelly
Trinity College, Dublin
Privatization and Welfare: A Comparative Perspective
Dr. Tehila Sagy
Tel-Aviv University
Commentator   Prof. Yoav Dotan
Hebrew University
Commentator
Dr. Tally Kritzman
Academic Center of Law and Business
Privatization and Delegation of State Authority in Asylum Systems   Ms. Dana Weiss, Prof. Ronen Shamir
Tel-Aviv University
Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights: A Case Study in the Gaza Strip
Mr. Avinoam Cohen
Tel-Aviv University
Commentator   Dr. Ronit Donyets-Kedar
Academic Center of Law and Busines
Commentator
Prof. Alon Harel
Hebrew University
Outsourcing Violence      
Dr. Re'em Segev
Hebrew University
Commentator      
Multiculturalism and the Antidiscrimination Principle Demography and Human Rights Labor Rights in the Era of Globalization Rights, Balancing & Proportionality