Human Rights and their Limitations: The Role of Proportionality

Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel

Human Rights and their Limitations: The Role of Proportionality. Lecture and Questions

In this Annual Lecture on behalf of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel Aharon Barak outlines his theory of proportionality as a means to reaching the appropriate balance between security and the safeguarding of human rights. 

Barak cites his experience adjudicating cases on family unification, the construction of the separation fence, and authorized torture, to argue for a broad level of judicial discretion, while cautioning against excessive use of executive power during threats to national security.