Judicial Deference to the Administration in Israel

  • Margit CohnEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 39)


This article first offers a conceptual analysis of the term “judicial deference”, as distinguished from other forms of judicial restraint. On this basis, I present an overview of reliance on deference “stricto sensu” in the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court when deciding on challenges to administrative action. Using textual analysis, it is shown that very few decisions consider the doctrine as such as the basis of the rejection of an application: the reasoning processes in Israel thus do not find “deference” the only, or the main, basis for refraining to interfere. The textual search leads to a definition of three theoretical justifications to deference/restraint. The subsequent qualitative study of four fields of action is followed by an assessment of the possible future of deference, which relies on two recent judicial decisions that convey opposing possible future developments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Henry J. and Fannie Harkavy Chair in Comparative Law, Faculty of LawThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. ScopusJerusalemIsrael

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