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The Israeli legal system 11.01Israel is a representative democracy with a parliamentary system. The Prime Minister serves as head of government and the Knesset serves as Israel’s legislative body. The President is the head of State, but this role is mostly symbolic. 11.02The Israeli legal system has its roots in the British Mandate on Palestine. The British, who ruled Palestine between 1917 and 1948, replaced many of the legal rules and institutions that were in place during the Ottoman era, infusing the legal system with significant common law elements. This common law system was carried over into Israeli statehood and continues to evolve through new laws and doctrines, many of which have been imported from foreign legal regimes. The major source of influence, originally England, is now the United States.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate Change Liability
Subtitle of host publicationTransnational Law and Practice
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781139084383
ISBN (Print)9781107017603
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


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