The Anatomy of Human Rights in Israel: Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice

The Anatomy of Human Rights in Israel: Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice

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Assaf Meydani
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 4/21/2016
EAN 9781107695764, ISBN10: 1107695767

Paperback, 314 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Why is there such a large gap between the declarations that countries make about human rights and their imperfect implementation of them? Why do states that have enacted laws and signed treaties about human rights choose to not enforce these laws in daily life? Why have activists failed to achieve the goals of ensuring human rights domestically and internationally? This book examines the issue of human rights in the Israeli domestic arena by analyzing the politics and strategies of defending human rights. To do so, it integrates the tools of social choice theory with a unique institutionalist perspective that looks at both formal and informal, and local and international factors. The book offers an analysis explaining the processes through which Israel is struggling to promote human rights within a specific institutional environment, thus determining the future of Israeli democracy and its attitude toward human rights.

1. Introduction
2. Institutional theory and social choice studies
understanding the anatomy of human rights
3. Human rights between constitutional rhetoric and state practice
4. Structural and cultural variables favoring a short-term orientation
5. The right to be free from the threat of torture in light of structural and cultural complexity
6. The right to equality
gender segregation on ultra-orthodox buses following the Israeli High Court of Justice ruling on the 'segregation lines' in 2011
7. The right to enjoy a decent lifestyle
the case of the Laron law - national insurance law (amendment no. 109, 2008) encouraging the disabled to work
8. The human rights commission in Israel that never was
9. Property rights - the issue of designing policy about the separation fence - the High Court of Justice case
Beit Sureiq Village v. the State of Israel, 2004
10. The right to human dignity and liberty
the organ transplant law, 5768 (2008)
11. Policy evaluation
analyzing the reality for human rights.