Supreme Court President (Ret.) Justice Dorit Beinisch, who retired from the bench last week, will receive an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in May during the annual Board of Governors Meeting.
Beinisch was elected to the Supreme Court in 1995. For the last six years, she led the court as its president. She is the first woman to achieve that position and the first native-born Israeli to do so.
Beinisch began her legal career in the State Prosecutor’s Office in Jerusalem, eventually rising to become State Prosecutor in 1989.
She holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in law.
Among her many decisions, Beinisch ruled that the state must protect all the classrooms in Sderot because of a person’s right to life, security and education.
She also led a nine justice panel which ruled that the construction of a private prison violated the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.
BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi noted that Dorit Beinisch left a deep and lasting impression on the character and nature of the legal system in Israel, successfully navigating the sensitive line that is the foundational ethos of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, by creating the appropriate balance between individual and collective values.