Message from the Dean

Prof. Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir

Welcome to the website of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University!

The Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, located on Mount Scopus, is the flagship of legal research and education in Israel. Established in 1949 as the first law faculty at an Israeli university, it has a long-standing record of excellence. According to the Shanghai international ranking of law schools, the law faculty is ranked first in Israel and 33rdin the world. Most of the leadership of the Israeli legal system, including Supreme Court justices, have graduated from the Hebrew University law faculty. 

The members of the Law Faculty are first-rate researchers and teachers enjoying an international reputation. Their cutting-edge scholarship is published in the best academic journals and publishing houses.Faculty members have been recipients of the most prestigious prizes, such as the Israel Prize and the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.An important part of the research activity is conducted through the Law Faculty’s many institutes and centers, including the Institute of Criminology, the Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research, the Institute of Jewish Law, the Minerva Center for Human Rights, and the Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law.  

We are proud of our rich and diverse teaching programs. Over 200 courses are offered yearly in a wide range of fields: private and public law, international law, criminal law and criminology, seminars and clinics, moot court competitions, research workshops, and practical workshops. Alongside “classic” analytical and comparative legal research, we offer pioneering interdisciplinary programs that combine law and other academic disciplines.

The international perspective is an important element in our curriculum. We encourage our students to enroll for a semester in one of almost 30 exchange programs we have established with prominent law faculties around the globe. Our faculty is a founding partner of the London-based Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), in partnership with leading law schools such as Georgetown, Toronto, King’s College, and Melbourne.  

The Faculty is devoted to strengthening relationships with its professional and geographic surroundings. Faculty members hold senior positions in public life in Israel and offer professional advice to official and non-official entities in Israel and abroad. The Faculty also maintains strong professional ties with leading Israeli law firms and offers its students a unique placement program. Last but not least, the Center for Clinical Legal Education offers pro bono legal support for diverse communities in the Jerusalem area and beyond. These activities reflect our belief that the Faculty cannot be an academic “ivory tower,” separated from the needs and problems of Israeli society. We believe that scholarship and legal education are not only a means to develop professional acumen, but also invite those involved in this pursuit – teachers, students, and graduates – to utilize their professional ability for the benefit of society at large. 

The combination of an outstanding academic faculty, supported by a dedicated and experienced administrative staff, first-rate students imbued with social responsibility, and a long-standing tradition and reputation for academic excellence makes the Law Faculty at the Hebrew University a world-class center for legal research and education. I am proud to be associated with such an institution – as an alumna, a faculty member, and a dean. 

Prof. Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir