Supreme Court Justice (Emerita) Dalia Dorner was born in 1934 in Turkey and immigrated to Israel in 1944. She studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned a Master’s degree in Jurisprudence in 1958. She then enlisted in the IDF, where she served in a number of judicial capacities, including as a judge on the IDF Court of Appeals, and attained the rank of colonel. Between 1979 and 1994, Justice Dorner served as a District Court Judge, first in Be’er Sheva and then in Jerusalem. In 1994, she was appointed to Israel’s Supreme Court, where she served until her retirement in 2004.
Justice Dorner has been an advisor to Master’s and Doctoral candidates at Haifa University and was a Visiting Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the current President of the Israeli Press Council. Justice Dorner has published extensively on the subject of pretrial detention, affirmative action and women’s equality, proportionality, constitutional protection of human dignity, medical ethics, and child and parental rights.
An honorary member of the American Law Institute, Justice Dorner holds a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from the Weizmann Institute of Science and from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.