A former Chief Justice of Israel - Moshe Landau - died on 1st May 2011 - aged 99. His contribution to Israeli law was truly outstanding.
See these articles reporting his death and looking at his remarkable career - Israel National News and Haaretz
In particular, his conduct of the trial of Adolf Eichmann will long stand as an example of how a fair trial can be achieved even when the defendant is an arch-enemy of the State. The 14 week trial was held in 1961 and, in accordance with Israeli law, three judges sat - Moshe Landau, Benjamin Halevy and Yitzhak Raveh. Sentence of death was passed in December 1961 and carried out on 31st May 1962. Eichmann's ashes were scattered in the Mediterranean Sea.
A particularly striking article about Landau may be seen at the Ruthfully Yours blog.
Throughout his remarkable career in the law, Landau stands out as a truly independently minded judge who paid meticulous attention to detail. Above all, he had that one absolutely essential characteristic for a judge: courage.
The Telegraph 15th May - Obituary of Moshe Landau