The 2017-18 David B. Goodman Lecture

Justice Daphne Barak-Erez

Justice Daphne Barak-Erez
Supreme Court of Israel

Multiculturalism as  a Family Name

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
(Please note change of date)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Room P115, Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park

This year’s Goodman Lecture will discuss the tendency to use the title “multiculturalism” both as a descriptive tool and as a normative and moral idea with regard to situations that are very different from one another. Accordingly, it will offer relevant distinctions to the practice of multiculturalism, evaluating examples drawing on comparative law, from Israel, Canada and other jurisdictions.


Justice Daphne Barak-Erez recently left the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University after being appointed to the Supreme Court of Israel. She was the Stewart and Judy Colton professor of law and held the chair of law and security. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Her main research and teaching areas were administrative and constitutional law. In addition, she taught courses in the areas of feminist jurisprudence, contracts and payment systems. She is a three time graduate of Tel-Aviv University: LL.B. (summa cum laude) 1988; LL.M. (summa cum laude) 1991, and J.S.D, 1993 (recipient of the Colton Fellowship). She was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, a visiting fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of Public Law, Heidelberg, an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, a Visiting Researcher at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in  Lausanne, a Visiting Researcher at the Jawarlal Nehru University in Delhi and a Visiting Fellow at the Schell Center at Yale Law School. She has also taught as Visiting Professor at various universities, including the University of Toronto, Columbia Law School and Stanford Law School. In the past, she acted as the Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights (2000-2001), the chairperson of the Israeli Association of Public Law, the Vice Dean of the faculty (2000-2002), the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of  the Law (2009-2011), a member of the Council of Higher Education in Israel (2007-2011), the President of the Israeli Law and Society Association (2010-2011) and the Dean of the faculty (2011-2012). She was awarded several prizes, including the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (three times), the Zeltner Prize, the Heshin Prize, the Woman of the City Award (by the City of Tel-Aviv) and the Women in Law Award (by the Israeli Bar). She is the author and editor of several books and of many articles in Israel, England, Canada and the United States.