Dorit Beinisch

Dorit Beinisch made history as the first female president of the Israeli Supreme Court, a culmination of her many years shaping Israeli law. Beinisch earned the rank of lieutenant in the IDF before earning an LLB in 1966 and an LLM in 1968 from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After serving as assistant to the Jerusalem District Attorney and the State Attorney, she became director of the department of constitutional and administrative law for the State Attorney from 1976–1982, representing the State and the IDF in cases brought by individuals. She then served as Deputy State Attorney from 1982–1989 and State Attorney from 1989–1995, often taking stands on human rights issues and combatting sex trafficking and government corruption. Named to the Supreme Court in 1995, she became president of the Court from 2006–2012. In her years on the Court, Beinisch focused on preserving the lives and dignity of individuals over the needs of the State. These included her decision that local Palestinians could not be used by soldiers as “human shields” when making arrest raids on Palestinian villages.

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Israel Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinisch has based many of her decisions, including those regarding parental corporal punishment, sexual harassment, and military reform, on her commitment to upholding Israel's basic laws on human dignity and liberty.

Institution: Museum of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel.

Date of Birth

Tel Aviv

Military Officer, Lawyer, Judge

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