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Publications by Shimon Shetreet

During his long career Professor Shimon Shetreet has published, and contributed to, many scholar works, in fields such as Public Law, Judical Independece, Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Civil Law, Procedure, International Law and many others. For a full list of Professor Shetreets pulications, please see here.

Jewish and Israeli Law - An Introduction

This book instructively introduces the reader to the basics of Jewish law. It gives a detailed, cutting-edge analysis of contemporary public and private law in the State of Israel, as well as Israel’s legal culture, its system of government, and the roles of its democratic institutions: the executive, parliament, and judiciary. The book examines issues of Holocaust, law and religion, constitutionalization, and equality.



  • The standard reference for anyone interested in Israeli Law and its politics

  • Comprehensively updated and revised new edition

  • New: Annotations on Women's Rights of Religious Exercise at the Wailing Wall

Challenged Justice: In Pursuit of Judicial Independence is an academic continuation of the previous volumes on judicial Independence edited by Shimon Shetreet, with others: Jules Deschenes, Christopher Forsyth, and Wayne McCormack. All books were published by Brill Nijhoff: Judicial Independence: The Contemporary Debate (1985), The Culture of Judicial Independence: Conceptual Foundations and Practical Challenges (2012), The Culture of Judicial Independence: Rule of Law and World Peace (2014) and The Culture of Judicial Independence in a Globalised World (2016).
This book offers academic articles by distinguished jurists on judicial independence and judicial process in many jurisdictions including indicators of justice and analysis of international Standards on judicial independence and judicial ethics.
The Culture of Judicial Independence: Rule of Law and World Peace is the third book by Shimon Shetreet on Judicial Independence. The first was Judicial Independence: The Contemporary Debate (edited by Shimon Shetreet and Jules Deschênes , Nijhoff,1985). The second was The Culture of Judicial Independence: Conceptual Foundations and Practical Challenges (Edited by Shimon Shetreet and Christopher Forsyth, Nijhoff, 2012).
This volume contains essays by senior academics, judges and practitioners across jurisdictions offering an analysis of several central issues relative to the culture of Judicial Independence. These include judicial review, human rights, democracy, the rule of law and world peace, constitutional position of top courts, relations between the judiciary and the other branches of government, impartiality and fairness of the judicial process, judicial ethics, dispute resolution in arbitral awards and international investments, international courts and cross country issues, judicial selection. The volume also offers an update report on the International Project of Judicial Independence of the International Association of Judicial Independence and World Peace, including the relations of top courts and international courts, administrative judges, culture of judicial independence and public inquiries by judges.
The Culture of Judicial Independence: Conceptual Foundation and Practical Challenges is the second of three books edited by Professor Shetreet touch upon key elements of judicial independence. The creation of a culture of Judicial Independence is of a central significance both in national domestic legal systems, as well as for the international courts and tribunals. The main aim of the third volume (also edited by C. Forsyth) is to analyze the development of a culture of Judicial Independence in comparative perspectives, to offer an examination of the conceptual foundations of the principle of judicial independence and to discuss in detail the practical challenges facing judiciaries in different jurisdictions. The proposed volume is based on the papers presented at the five conferences held in the framework of The International Project on Judicial independence.


Judges on Trial: The Independence and Accountibilty of the English Judiciary 

articulates the rules, assumptions and practices which shape the culture of independence of the English judiciary today. Enhanced by interviews with English judges, legal scholars and professionals, it also outlines the factors that shape the modern meaning of judicial independence. Judges on Trial discusses the contemporary issues of judicial governance, judicial appointments, the standards of conduct on and off the bench, the discipline and liability of judges and the relationship between judges and the media. It is accessible to an international audience of lawyers, political scientists and judges beyond the national realm.


The second edition is a new book which analyzes developments in the last few decades, including new legislation such as the UKs Humane Rights Act and constitutional reform laws of 1998 and 2005, and in relation to new organs and establishment created by these legislation and other developments. The central reforms are in regards to the House of Lords and establishment of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. All judicial authority was then transferred from the Lord Chancellor to the Lord Chief Justice, who stands at the head of the judicial branch for England and Wales. Other reforms include the establishment of the Judicial Appointments Commission, as well as administrative mechanisms for judicial discipline which assist the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor, and two judicial ethics codes, which incorporated in writing what was a long standing oral tradition on judicial behavior.


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Uniform Civil Code: The Challenge of Implementing Uniform Civil Code for India


Uniform Civil Code: The Challenge of Implementing Uniform Civil Code for India (MK Nambyar Lectures 2009) With Hiram Chodosh is forthcoming by Oxford University press. For a summary please refer to the following article by Professor Shetreet (available via Hein Online): 


Academic Blueprint for the Implementation of Uniform Civil Code for India”, 2011(1) Utah Law Review, 97 (2011)

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