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Episode 332 – Israel’s Justice Ministry: An Insider’s Perspective (Emi Palmor)

Those are turbulent times in Israel, with recent events casting a glaring spotlight on the country’s judiciary system. The passing of the first law of the Netanyahu government judiciary reform, which removes the ‘reasonability clause’ from the supreme court, and the contentious law proposing changes to the committee to elect judges have ignited passionate debates about the system’s flaws and challenges.

Today, we have the privilege of speaking with Emi Palmor, an Israeli lawyer and esteemed civil servant who held the prestigious position of Director General of the Ministry of Justice from 2014 to 2019. During her 24-year tenure in the civil service, Emi was appointed by the government to chair public committees addressing sensitive and controversial social and legal issues, demonstrating her exceptional leadership skills and commitment to finding sustainable solutions for the betterment of Israeli society.

As a leading expert in the field, Emi Palmor’s contributions extend far beyond her time in the Ministry of Justice. Her extensive experience in law and governance, coupled with her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the government, has earned her national recognition. Notably, she is among the first 20 members of the Facebook Oversight Board, tasked with making crucial (and some would say – controversial) content moderation decisions on one of the world’s largest social media platforms.

Join us as we delve into the intricacies of Israel’s judiciary system, explore Emi’s remarkable career journey, and gain insights into her valuable work within the government and beyond.