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2006 Gruber Justice Prize

2006 Justice Prize Recipient

Laureate Profile

Aharon Barak, retired President of the Supreme Court of Israel, is renowned for championing an activist judiciary and the rule of law and democracy. During his term, the Supreme Court issued rulings that protected democracy both from terrorism and from the means the state wanted to use to fight terrorism. Under Barak's leadership, the Israeli Supreme Court interpreted Israel's basic law as its constitution and, when necessary, challenged Knesset laws on that basis.


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The 2006 Justice Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation is proudly presented to Aharon Barak, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court – jurist, scholar, advocate, public servant and educator.

Aharon Barak is a person of outstanding courage and principle who has devoted his life to the promotion of justice and the just rule of law.

At great personal risk, he has been a towering figure in protecting democratic values, human rights and the independence of the judiciary.

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