Proportionality in Public Policy
The principle of proportionality is one of the fundamental constitutional principles of the Israeli legal system. The legal premise in Israel is that constitutional rights are relative and can be limited in certain situations. Proportionality sets the framework for determining the permissibility of limiting rights, thus settling dilemmas between the promoting of public interests and the protection of human rights.
What makes IDI's Proportionality in Public Policy Program unique is its focus on the perspective of policymakers, and the empirical examination of the integration of rights considerations in the process of drafting policy in the first place. The guiding assumption is that more effectively factoring in proportionality in the policy-making stage will increase the level of awareness and protection of human rights, improve policy results, and decrease the need for involvement of the courts.
The Proportionality in Public Policy Program is a cross-disciplinary and international project. Research is conducted on legal, policy and behavioral axes.
IDI's Proportionality in Public Policy project is supported by a five-year grant awarded to Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer by The European Research Council.