Sep. 23, 2020

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev mourns the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 2020 honorary doctorate recipient.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Justice Ginsburg,” says BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz. “She will continue to serve as a role model, especially to women, for her uncompromising fight for gender equality, and it is our obligation to continue her legacy.”

In his letter inviting her to receive the doctorate, Prof. Chamovitz wrote, “From fighting for your own right to excel as a lawyer in a male-dominated profession to becoming a human rights advocate for all people and fulfilling the demanding role of U.S. Supreme Court Justice, your courage to follow your inner moral compass has repeatedly shown the world how thoughtful, seasoned, compassionate judgment is a necessary guidepost for democratic rule.”

Justice Ginsburg was planning to travel this year to accept the degree from Prof. Chamovitz. The ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19. BGU is the only Israeli university to bestow a degree on the justice.

Justice Ginsburg’s family will be invited to Israel to accept the degree on her behalf at a future date of mutual convenience.