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The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State


Panel Discussions

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What does Israel's definition as a 'Jewish and democratic' state mean? How does it affect constitutional law? How does it play out in the daily life of the people living in Israel?

In his new book The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, Mazen Masri provides a unique and detailed examination of the consequences of the 'Jewish and democratic' definition.

The book, which has been shortlisted for the Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, explores how the definition affects the internal ordering of the state, the operation of the law, and how it is used to justify, protect and regenerate certain features of Israeli constitutional law. It also considers the relationship between law and settler-colonialism, and how this relationship manifests itself in the constitutional order.

The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism offers a novel perspective on the ‘Jewish and democratic’ definition rooted in constitutional theory and informed by a socio-legal approach. Relying on a wide range of court cases and statutes as well as secondary sources, the book shows how the definition is deeply embedded in the constitutional structure, and operates, as a matter of law, in a manner that concentrates political power in the hands of the Jewish citizens and excludes the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel from the political process.

Join this book discussion where Dr Mazen Masri will present some of the main ideas of the book. He will then be joined in conversation by Prof. Penny Green, Queen Mary University of London and Dr Mara Malagodi, The City Law School. Prof. Carl Stychin, the Dean of the City Law School, will chair the event.

About the Panellists

Prof. Penny Green, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Green is Professor of Law and Globalisation at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to that she held posts at the University of Southampton, University of Westminster, and the London School of Economics. Professor Green is the Founder and Director of the award winning International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) - a multi-disciplinary international initiative to collate, analyse and disseminate research-based knowledge about criminal state practices and resistance to them. She is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of NSW and Ulster University, and Adjunct Professor at Birzeit University. She has also held visiting fellowships at the University of Melbourne, Latrobe University, Monash University, and Bosphorus University; is a Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and is Secretary of the Democratic Progress Institute’s Board of Trustees. She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, co-editor in Chief of the international journal State Crime and Editor of the Pluto Press State Crime monograph series.

Dr Mara Malagodi, City, University of London

Dr Mara Malagodi is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School, University of London. Mara is a comparative constitutional lawyer with a linguistically-informed specialism in South Asian law and politics, human rights law, legal history, and law & film. She is the author of the monograph Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion in Nepal (2013 OUP) and numerous articles and book chapters on constitutional law and history. Before joining The City Law School, Mara was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics (2012-15). She holds her Doctorate, MA in South Asia Area Studies, and BA (Hons) in Nepali & Politics from the University of London (SOAS); Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from The City Law School; Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from the then College of Law; and BA in International Relations & Diplomacy from the University of Trieste. Mara is a non practising barrister and a scholar of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, which called her to the Bar of England and Wales in 2016.

Dr Mazen Masri, City, University of London

Dr Mazen Masri is a Senior Lecturer in law at The City Law School, City University of London. Mazen’s areas of teaching and research are constitutional law and public international law with special interest in comparative constitutionalism, constitutional theory, human rights law and equality. His work has appeared in legal and interdisciplinary journals such as Social and Legal Studies, Asian Journal of International Law and International Journal of Law in Context as well as scholarly ezines and blogs. Mazen has received his PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. He also has law degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Toronto. Mazen is a qualified lawyer and a member of the Israeli Bar Association.

The event will start at 6:30 PM, and will be followed by a reception. Light refreshments will be available at 6:00 PM

This event is held with support from Hart Publishing, good books for lawyers.

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6.00pm - 8.30pmMonday 16th October 2017

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