The Israeli Supreme Court Confronts the Brave New World of Reproductive Technology

The Israeli Supreme Court Confronts the Brave New World of Reproductive Technology

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Cardozo School of Law

UPDATE (2/9/17 11:00 a.m.)  Despite the weather, this event IS taking place.  We hope to see many people there!  But, hoping for the best and expecting the worst, we have arranged to live-stream the panel.  The link is below.

Who is a parent? How many parents can a child have? Do people have rights not to parent?  Does such a right trump the right to parent? Are there rights to grandparent or to reproduce posthumously?  Courts confronting the brave new world of reproductive technologies and, with it, changing social practices, have been forced to rethink traditional notions of parenthood. The Israeli Supreme Court has been exceptionally active in this area, often bringing to bear a uniquely Jewish perspective on these questions. This panel will highlight the Court's most recent cases, discuss the fascinating relationship of science, law, and culture in this fast-moving area, and draw comparisons with U.S. law.

This program has been approved for 1.5 transitional/non-transitional New York State CLE credits in the category “Areas of Professional Practice.”  If you would like to receive CLE credit for attendance, please so indicate in your RSVP.  CLE materials are available here.

Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, Supreme Court of Israel
Shahar Lifshitz, Dean, Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University
Noa Ben-Asher, Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University
Ed Stein, Professor of Law, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.  To register, please email

This event will also be live-streamed.  You can watch it here.