Prof. Celia Wasserstein Fassberg

Prof. Celia Wasserstein Fassberg
Judge Harry M. Fisher Professor of Private International and Inter-Religious Law

LL.B. Hebrew University, 1978; S.J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982
Law clerk in State Attorney's Office, 1978; Law Clerk for Justice Aharon Barak, Supreme Court of Israel 1981-1983
Admitted to Israeli Bar, 1983

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School, 1991-2
Visiting Scholar, Georgetown Law Center, 1996-7
Fox Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Spring, 2003
Visiting Researcher, UNIDROIT, 2009
Visiting Scholar, Columbia Law School, 2010
2015 - Professor, Center for Transnational Legal Studies



Private International Law (Conflict of Laws); Comparative Law: Legal Systems; Admiralty Law; Law of International Transactions; Israeli Legal History; Professional Ethics for Lawyers.


Select Administrative and Professional Appointments:

Director, Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, 1999-2003

Member, Ministry of Justice Legislative Committee on Foreign Sovereign Immunity Statute, 1999-2004

Representative, Israeli delegation to Hague Conference on Private International Law for Convention on Jurisdiction and Judgments, 2000

Member, Steering Committee on international research project sponsored by the International Association of Legal Sciences: Human Diversity and Law, 2002-

Public representative, Helsinki Committee, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem, 1999-2009

Chairperson, Ethics Committee, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem, 2003-2009

Representative of Israel Academy for Sciences on the Public Council for Animal Experimentation, 2006-2009

Chairperson, Committee for Drafting Code of Conduct in Research and Code on Conflict of Interest in Research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007-2008)

World Society of Mixed Jurisdictions, Secretary-General, 2007-2011, Vice-President, 2011-

Senate representative Executive Board, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011-2015

Senate representative, Board of Managers, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2012-2015



Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Moot Court Competition, First Prize, 1977

Harvard Law School, Addison Brown Prize in Maritime and Private International Law, 1979

Justice Shneor Zalman Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law, 2016


Representative Publications


Foreign Judgments in Israeli Law: Deconstruction and Reconstruction(Jerusalem, 1996) (in Hebrew)

Private International Law (2 vols, 2013) (in Hebrew)



"Form and Formalism: A Case Study", 31 Am.J.Comp.L.627(1983); "The Forum: Its Role and Significance in Choice-of-Law", 84 Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft 1 (1985); "Choice-of-Law Models: The Internal Interreligious Context", 2 Mélanges Vander Elst 885 (Brussels, 1986); "Coherence and Continuity: A Study in Comparative Codification", 22 Is.L.R. 184 (1987); "On the Finality of Foreign Judgments", 18Mishpatim 35 (1988) (in Hebrew); "Product Liability and the Conflict of Laws: Theory and Practice", 9 Tel Aviv University Studies in Law 205 (1989); "Classification for Choice-of-Law", 19 Mishpatim 401 (1990) (in Hebrew); "The Intertemporal Problem Reconsidered: Israeli Matrimonial Property"  39 Int. & Comp. L.Q. 856 (1990); "Cross-Border Insolvency in Israeli Law", Cross-Border Insolvency: National and Comparative Studies 128 (ed. I. Fletcher, Max Planck Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht, Vol. 36, 1992); "Judicial and Legislative Jurisdiction in the Hague Conventions on Private International Law"  27 Is.L.R. 460 (1993); "Israel and the Palestinian Authority: Jurisdiction and Legal Assistance", 28 Is.L.R. 318 (1994);"Choice-of-Law and the Assessment of Damages in Torts", 26 Mishpatim (1995) 367 (in Hebrew); "Legal Aspects of Israeli-Palestinian Economic Relations" The Arab-Israeli Accords: Legal Perspectives 157 (ed. Cottran and Mallat, Kluwer, 1996); "Rule and Reason in the Common Law of Foreign Judgments" 12 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 193 (1999); "Law and Justice in Choice-of-Law: Matrimonial Property after Nafisi v. Nafisi" 31 Mishpatim 97 (2000)(in Hebrew); "On Time and Place in Choice-of-Law for Property", 51 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 385 (2002);  "Language and Style in a Mixed Legal System", 78 Tulane Law Review (2003); "Lex Mercatoria: Hoist with its own Petard?", 5 Chicago International Law Journal  67 (2004); "Religious Diversity and Law" Human Diversity and Law 25 (eds. Mauro Bussani, Michele Graziadei) (Staempfli, Bruylant, Sakkoulas, 2005); "Recognition of Foreign Judgments: Negative Declarations", 28 Tel Aviv University L.R. 951 (2005) (in Hebrew);"Conflict of Laws: United States Law", Encyclopedia of Legal History (ed. Lawrence Friedman et al.) (OUP) (2009); "Realism and Revolution in Conflict of Laws: In with a Bang and Out with a Whimper" 163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1919 (2015); "On Jurisdiction, Dissolution of Foreign Corporations and Judicial Method: A Comment on CA 2706/11 Sybil Germany Public Co. Ltd. v. Hermetic Trust Co. (10 Mishpatim Online 2016) (in Hebrew)

Fields of Interest