Aharon Barak's Visit; Sept 23, 2002
Aharon Barak, president of the Israeli Supreme Court, lectured on "The Role of a Supreme Court in a Democracy and the Fight Against Terrorism," at the Washington College of Law on Monday, Sept. 23.
Born in Kaunus, Lithuania and immigrated to Israel in 1947, Aharon Barak studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he received his Doctorate in Law in 1963. He has continued on to serve as lecturer, professor and dean of Hebrew University law school. From 1975 until 1978, he served as attorney general in Israel. He was appointed as justice of the Supreme Court of Israel in 1978 and became its president in 1995. He and his wife, the vice president of the National Labor Court of Israel, are the parents of four lawyers.
Following the lecture was a dinner in Barak's honor, at which Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon were in attendance to pay tribute to him.