On Monday, October 12, 2012 (The International Human Rights Day), a conference took place at the Hebrew University School of Law, which launched the new (and first of its kind in Israel) wrongful convictions clinic, that was recently opened at the Hebrew University School of Law, in collaboration with the Israeli Public Defender’s Office.
The conference, organized by Dr. Anat Horovitz, Deputy Head of the National Public Defender’s Office, and Dr. Einat Albin, Head of the Center for Clinical Education at the Hebrew University School of Law, began with greetings by Dr. Guy Rotkopf, Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, Prof. Yuval Shany, Dean of the Hebrew University School of Law, and Dr. Yoav Sapir, Head of the National Public Defender’s Office. The greetings were followed by an exceptional keynote speech delivered by Prof. Larry Marshall of Stanford Law School. During the second session of the conference, the well-known documentary filmmaker, Ms. Ofra Bikel, talked about her work and part of her film the “Confessions” was viewed by the audience.
At the final session of the conference, a panel which included former Supreme Court Justice E. Goldberg, Prof. M. Kremnitzer (Vice President of the Israel Democracy Institute), Ms. E. Fink (Head of the Re-Trial Department at the National Public Defender’s Office) and Mr. S. Lemberger (Deputy Israel State Attorney), engaged in a lively discussion regarding procedures for addressing wrongful convictions in Israel, moderated by Dr. Anat Horovitz. The conference was open to the public and attended by many criminal law professionals (including judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys) as well as a large number of law students.