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Former Israeli Justice Talks of Protecting the State
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Indeed, Justice Barak often relied on international law as a guide, for which he received much criticism inside and outside of Israel.

But Justice Barak maintained that judgments made by the International Court of Justice and the European Court for Human Rights, as well as decisions of national courts, should be considered.

During his near-decade as president of the Supreme Court of Israel, Justice Barak dominated the court, earning the nickname the “John Marshall” of Israel. He was known for his “open door” approach, which made it possible for anyone, including suspected terrorists, to petition the court for alleged civil rights violations.

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