Many view the importance of human rights as stemming from the intrinsic value of humans as such. However, social and political reality presents us with an array of instances in which it might make sense to think in terms of human rights about non-human entities. These include the issue of rights for corporations, which has been the focus of the two highly debated American Supreme Court decisions: Citizens United and Hobby Lobby. Thorny questions can also be raised as to whether cultural and ethnic communities and states should be accorded with rights. Finally, we can think of rights of entities that are not amalgams of humans, but separate non-human entities, such as animals, embryos and fetuses.
Papers presented in the conference will be published, subject to double-blind peer review, in the Law and Ethics of Human Rights.
Conference Organizers:
Tally Kritzman-Amir & Iddo Porat
College of Law and Business, Fifth floor conference room. Seats are limited. Please RSVP to

Sunday 3.1.2016
Greetings 9:30

Moshe Cohen-Eliya, President, College of Law and Business
Tally Kritzman Amir and Iddo Porat, Organizers


Monday 4.1.2016

Communities and Human Rights (Chair: Moshe Cohen-Eliya)
10:00 – 12:00
Corporations and Human Rights (Session II) (Chair: Shelly Kreiczer-Levy)
09:00 – 11:00

Yuval Eylon
Open University

Varieties of Group-rights

Micah Schwartzman & Steven Walt
University of Virginia

Morality, Ontology, and Corporate Rights
David Enoch
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Commentator Roy Kreitner
Tel Aviv University
Avia Pasternak
University College London

From Corporate Moral Responsibility to Corporate Moral Rights

Yoav Hammer
College of Law and Business

Should Corporations Have a Right to Political Speech?
Yitzhak Benbaji
Tel Aviv University
Commentator Adam Shinar
Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
Lunch 12:00 13:00 Coffee 11:00 11:15

Corporations and Human Rights (Session I) (Chair: Gila Stopler)
13:00 – 15:00

Corporations and Human Rights (Session III) (Chair: Yaad Rotem)
11:15 – 12:15

David Ciepley

Rights for Corporations, Yes, but on What Basis?

Uriel Procaccia
Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Corporations as Human Beings
Steven Walt
University of Virginia

Omer Kimhi
Haifa University


Ronit Donyets-Kedar
College of Law and Business

Challenging Corporate Personhood Theory: Reclaiming the Public

Lunch 12:15 13:15
Dana Weiss
Tel Aviv University

Animals, Silent Nature and Human Rights (Session I) (Chair: Iddo Porat)
13:15 – 15:15

Coffee 15:00 15:30

Margaret Riley
University of Virginia  

Crispr Creations and Human Rights
Embryos, Fetuses and Human Rights (Chair: Tally Kritzman-Amir)
15:30 – 17:30
Melanie Levy
Tel Aviv University

Michelle Goodwin
UC Irvine

If Fetuses Have Human Rights

Ovadia Ezra
Tel Aviv University

Animal Rights and Human Restraint

Galia Schneebaum
Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
Commentator Rami Gudovitch
Haifa University
Shai Lavi
Tel Aviv University

Two Concepts of Potentiality and their Bioethical Significance

Ori Lev
Sapir College