Professor Uriel Reichman Receives the Israel Bar Association Award

SEP 3,2015

The Israel Bar Association award for 2015-2016 was granted to Prof. Uriel Reichman, president and founder of IDC Herzliya. The award was granted to Prof. Reichman during a special ceremony in Jerusalem.

The Israel Bar Association award is granted once a year in honor of special contribution in the fields of promotion of the rule of law in Israel, contribution to the judiciary and society, contribution to the rule of law and legal aid for the protection of human rights.

The award commission has decided to grant the annual award to Prof. Reichman in recognition of “his unique contribution to academic innovation, striving for not only Excellency and professionalism, but also to public responsibility and contribution to society, as well for his contribution for the education of law in Israel”. Alongside with Prof. Reichman, the award was granted to former Supreme Court judge Ayala Procaccia and adv. Adam Fish z”l.

While receiving the award, Prof. Reichman addressed the guests and said that “President Rivlin expressed during the Herzliya Conference that the companionship between what he calls ‘the 4 tribes’ of Israeli society’, must be based on mutual respect, joint responsibility, fairness and equality and striving for a shared Israelism.

“The advanced robots of the future will have the ability of self-learning and analysis. These intelligent machines will be more and more taking over human positions, all the way to take his place in decision making and work places. The uniqueness of mankind – as an intelligent being different from animals – will shift to machines, while only imagination, emotion and awareness will create difference between mankind and machines. The judiciary system, as a logical system which plans function while integrating values of humanity, will change dramatically through a gradual loss of control.

Not less challenging is the genomic revolution. Today, for only a few thousand shekels, you can receive a perfect mapping and analysis of the human genome. If such an exam is forced  it will change the price of life and medical insurance, the ability of getting accepted for work and broader authorities for arrests and searches and tough questions regarding criminal responsibility. More problematic will be the moment when technology develops to a situation that offers to add, reduce or change genomic cells and not only change a person  but entire generations.

All these create a situation in which humans will have the ability to re-create themselves and to change the judiciary world dealing with humans as a whole. Will the law and judiciary know how to navigate through these developments while preserving values such as liberty of the individual and creation? The responsibility is not only laid upon the legislators  but also upon us, the jurists”.

We only have the declaration of independence as our social contract. This declaration and our basic laws attach the Zionist vision to the values which we can establish our new social partnership. As jurists, we have the tools to serve the individual in the implementation of legal principles in our day to day lives. This is the practical way, to bridge differnces and to assure justice to all”.

In addition, Prof. Reichman referred to the challenges of the world of law, which derive from different technological revolutions taking place in the past decades. Prof. Reichman mentioned the reforms in transportation, Privacy and industry. Though, he mentioned, “the most difficult developments to answer with judicial tools are those of artificial intelligence and robotics, especially the next generation of Genomic involvement”.

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