Yitzhak Englard was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1933. He immigrated to Israel in 1951 and attended the Bnai Akiva Yeshiva in Kfar Haroeh. From 1952 to 1956 he studied at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing his studies cum laude. In 1958 Englard completed his master’s degree in law at the Hebrew University. He served as an intern with Supreme Court Justice David Goitein and in the Petitions Department of the State Attorney’s Office, and in 1960 he received his license to practice law. In 1966 he received a doctorate in law from the University of Paris, France. After completing his military service, Englard joined the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, serving as dean from 1984 through 1987. He has published numerous books and articles in diverse fields, including the laws of damages, religion and state, the theory of law, Jewish law, unjust enrichment, comparative law, legal competence, and child adoption. In 1992 Englard was appointed a member of the Israel Academy of the Sciences, and in 1996 he became a full member of the International Academy for Comparative Law. He received the Israel Prize for Legal Research in 1997. In the same year Englard was appointed as a Supreme Court justice, a position he filled until his retirement in 2003.
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