The Future of Justice: Interdisciplinary Aspects of Justice in the Context of Current Conflicts

Years of Activity: 2016 - 2019

Research Status:


Yael Bar Tzedek, Tzipi Ben Ami, Geula Elimelech, Yakir Englander, Liat Friedgut Netzer, Omri Greenberg, Daniel Heilblum, Tamar Hostovski Brandes, Renana Keydar (group head), Amnon Knoll, Tamar Lanir, Yael Litmanovich, Reut Maimon, Yair Paz, Shimrit Peled, Yael Ronen, Dotan Russo, Michal Saliternik, Daniel Shani, Dafna Shraga, Vivian Silver Brody 

The Future of Justice research group focuses on continuing violent conflicts as a unique contemporary phenomenon that poses theoretical, ethical, and legal challenges. The group is examining changes in the fundamental approaches to justice and it aims to clarify the meaning of “being in the right” in the context of a continuing conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict serves as a central test case for the group, which aims to expand the discussions so as to include the broadest possible theoretical and comparative aspects.

The changing nature of current conflicts—including the global war on terror in the wake of the September 11 attacks and the continuing conflict in the Middle East—requires new thinking about the concept of justice in cases of conflict and grave violations of human rights. The group is exploring how changes in society, law, and culture are affecting the traditional perceptions of the concept of justice and challenging how it is pursued in our violence-ridden times.

The group is addressing the question of justice from an interdisciplinary perspective: In addition to considering traditional legal and theoretical frameworks, it will examine historical, psychological, literary, economic, and communications approaches so as to develop a common language that crosses disciplinary boundaries.



The group meets monthly and discusses pertinent theoretical and practical issues in its attempt to define the meaning and content of justice in the context of continuing conflict. The meetings include guest lectures and discussions led by group members. The focus is on exploring alternative ways of thinking about justice, beyond the traditional philosophical and legal definitions. The group is also considering possible products of its work that can contribute to concrete and practical thinking about how to bring about justice in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.