San Diego International Law Journal

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In its six sections, this Article examines the role of Speakers, the nexus between their many duties and powers, possible points of conflict among their different duties, as well as the connection between their official duties and personal interests. This Article takes the role of the Speaker of the Israeli Parliament as its organizing principle. Sections Two and Three discuss the constitutional underpinnings of conflicts of interest and the way in which these apply to Members of the Knesset. Section Four takes the Israeli Speaker as a test case and explores in greater details the many flaws and conflicts inherent in the present definition of the Speaker's role. Finally, Chapter Five comparatively examines the interplay between the Speaker of the Parliament, the principle of conflict of interests, and other official duties of the Speaker in the context of European jurisdictions.