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Tuesday 20 November 201818.30 to 20.00


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In July 2018, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) passed a new law cementing the Israel’s status as the nation state of the Jewish people, called the Nation State Law. The reaction to the Nation State Law has been somewhat mixed, with some praising the enshrinement of the country’s Jewish nature into basic law, and others arguing that such a law is not compatible with the assertion that Israel is both a Jewish and a democratic state. 

But why was this law passed?

Does this law mean that non-Jews are becoming increasingly marginalised in Israel?

Did the passing of the Nation State Law play into the hands of Israel’s critics? Is this justified? 

To answer these questions and many more, UCL Friends of Israel Society is delighted to present ‘The Nation State Law’ with Natasha Hausdorff. 

Natasha studied an LLB in Law at Oxford University and an Masters in international law (focussing on public international law and the law of armed conflict) at Tel Aviv University. She qualified as a solicitor at the commercial law firm Skadden Arps, and has clerked for the President of the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Chief Justice Miriam Naor. During this time, she and acquired a particular insight into the Israeli Courts’ application of international law. 

Natasha is currently a barrister at Six Pump Court chambers in Middle Temple London, and a director at UK Lawyers for Israel, an NGO which combats attempts to undermine, attack and delegitimise Israel and it supporters. 

Natasha will give an overview of the basic law, its constitutional and political context, the reasons behind it and how the law has been misrepresented and manipulated by Israel’s critics. She will also address some new challenges in Israel’s Supreme Court.

Many thanks to StandWithUs and UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) for facilitating the organisation of this event.