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International symposium on

Institutional Governance Structures for National Emergencies -

Before, During and After

University of Haifa, Israel

Ofer Observatory, Eshkol tower

December 14, 2017

 Readiness for emergencies is a challenging and complicated task to every government. It requires a regulatory institutional structure which crosses sectors, both on the level of governmental power, domains, and in terms of the numerous fields of expertise it requires for effective policy and action. 

Different countries have established different institutions and mechanisms that are meant to mitigate, prepare, manage and orchestrate their coping with emergencies before, during and after they occur.

The Symposium will bring together scholars from different countries for an in-depth discussion on emergencies and governance, and to compare different regimes vis-à-vis the Israeli case.



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9:00 – 9:15 – Registration


9:15 – 9:30


Prof. Deborah Shmueli, PI, Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions and the Academic Head of the Graduate program in Emergency and Disaster Management, University of Haifa: Welcoming Remarks


9:30 – 11:00: Panel 1 - Different Perspectives on the Governance of Emergencies


·       PD Dr. Matthias Lemke, German Historical Institute Paris: The État D’urgence in France - Governance Before, During and After a National Emergency, 2015–2017


Respondent: Dr. Myriam Feinberg, University of Haifa



·       Prof. Dr. Saša Zagorc, University Of Ljubljana and Prof. Dr. Adriana Di Stefano, University Of Catania: Mass Migrations in the Public Emergency Narrative. Managing Migration Governance in Time of Crisis


Respondent: Dr. Itamar Mann, University of Haifa, Law Faculty



11:00 – 11:20 – Coffee Break



11:20 – 12:50 Panel 2 - Different Perspectives on the Governance of Emergencies


·       Prof. Rute Neto Cabrita E Gil SaraivaUniversity Of Lisbon, Law School and Prof. Jorge Alberto Gil SaraivaSome Aspects of Portuguese Limitations to Deal with Times of Emergency



Respondent: Dr. Daniel Benoliel, University of Haifa, Law Faculty




·      Prof. Giovanna De Minico, Department of Law, University of Naples Federico II, State Of Emergency: Constitutional Remedies And Judicial Review [via skype]



Respondent: Dr. Nadav Dagan, Post-doc fellow, The Minerva center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions





12:50 – 13:00 – Coffee Break



13:00 – 13:45 Panel 3 - Different Perspectives on the Governance of Emergencies


·       Dr. Karin LoevyNYU School of Law: The Limits of the Institutional Approach to Emergency Powers


Respondent: Prof. Gad Barzilai,University of Haifa PI, Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions and Law Faculty



13:45  – 15:00 – Lunch


15:00 – 18:00: Focus on the Israeli Proposal


·       Adv. Batya Sachs former legal  advisor to the Home Front command and  currently consultant to NEMA, and Adv. Eran Shmueli, Strategic Advisor (LL.M, MBA); Major (reserves), Israel Defense Forces, National Search & Rescue SF Unit, The Development of the Israeli Emergency Legal Regime.


·       Adv. Batya Sachs and Adv. Eran Shmueli,  Governance Structures for Emergencies - Comparative overview


·       Dr. Brig. General (ret.) Meir Elran and Dr. Carmit Padan, INSS : The Need for a Constitutional Framework for the Management of the Home Front in Israel


·       Kobi Ivatsin, Adv,Member of the Legislation Drafting Expert Group: Presentation of the new Israeli Draft Bill: Preparedness of the Home Front for States of Emergency, 5776-2016  


Prof. Eli Salzberger (facilitator): Round table discussion on issues concerning the new Israeli draft Legislative Bill and its analysis in a comparative perspective


The Symposium is convened by the Principal Investigators of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions: Prof. Eli Salzberger, Prof. Amnon Reichman, Prof. Deborah Shmueli and Prof. Gad Barzilai in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Defense.


The symposium was recorded and is available in these links: 



Link to an un-official translation of the draft bill: Preparedness of the Home Front for States of Emergency, 2016

Link to the original Hebrew draft bill