CSLR students clerk for Supreme Court of Israel
By Patti Ghezzi | Emory Law | Sep 30, 2016 12:09:00 AM
Amin Sadri (LLM) and Kurtis Anderson (JD 3L) served as foreign law clerks for the Supreme Court of Israel over the summer. They researched issues of interest to justices, drawing from European and American law.
“Israel hasn’t been around for even 70 years,” Sadri said. “Its jurisprudence is not old.”
Sadri said the Israel court was surprisingly casual, both in the way lawyers dress and the way they interact. “During oral arguments, you can almost talk back to the justices, and people can interrupted them,” he said. “It’s a very different legal system, but it did seem to work in its own way.”
Israel does not have a formal constitution, which makes jurisprudence all the more important, he noted.
Anderson worked mostly on issues of comparative law, including U.S. immigration, U.S. precedent on support of terrorism, and international law from the view of feminist literature. The justice he worked for was particularly interested in human-centric law, looking at everything from a human perspective.
“The experience bolstered my credentials to work on things related to Israel and comparative law,” he said. “I got to observe from a side angle, which is a valuable analytical skill.”