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Prof. Keren Weinshall (Margel)

Vice Dean
Member of The Israeli Young Academy of Arts and Sciences
Edward S. Silver Chair in Civil Procedure
Room 227
02-5882568
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Education
Ph.D., 2012
Political Science Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Harvard Law School, Harvard University Visiting Researcher, 2009-2010
 
 M.A., 2007 (valedictorian),
Political Science Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Ranked 1st in the P.S. Department and in the top 1% of Social Sciences' Faculty
Rector's list, 2007 
 
LL.B. (magna cum laude), 2003 
Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
Dean's List, 2002 
 
B.A. (magna cum laude) As part of a double major program, 2003
Political Science Department, Tel Aviv University
"Rector's List, 2002".

 

Representative publications

Lee Epstein, Gunnar Grendstad, Urˇska Sadl & Keren Weinshall  (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Judicial Behaviour, Oxford University Press, under contract for 2023 publication.

Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko, Jaroslaw Kantorowicz & Keren Weinshall, Ideological Bias in Constitutional Judgments: Experimental Analysis and Potential Solutions. 19 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (forthcoming 2022).

Christoph Engel & Keren Weinshall, Diffusion of Legal Innovations, 18 Annual Review of Law and Social Science (forthcoming 2022).

Lee Epstein, Urška Šadl & Keren Weinshall, The Role of Comparative Law in the Analysis of Judicial Behavior, American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming 2022).

Lee Epstein & Keren Weinshall, The Strategic Analysis of Judicial Behavior: A Comparative Perspective (monograph in Cambridge Elements in Law, Economics, and Politics), Cambridge University Press, (2021). 

Christoph Engel & Keren Weinshall, Manna from Heaven for Judges: Judges’ Reaction to a Quasi-Random Reduction in Caseload, 17 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 722-751 (2020).

Keren Weinshall & Lee Epstein, Developing 'Big Data' Infrastructure for Legal Analytics: Introducing the Israeli Supreme Court Database, 17 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 416-434 (2020).

Keren Weinshall, Udi Sommer & Ya’acov Ritov, Ideological Influences on Governance and Regulation: The Comparative Case of Supreme Courts, 12 Regulation & Governance, 315-427 (2018).

Christoph Engel, Alon Klement & Keren Weinshall, The Diffusion of Legal Innovations: A Case Study of Class Actions, 15 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 708-731 (2018).

Keren Weinshall-Margel & Inbal Galon, Cause and Effect in Sentencing, 37 Tel Aviv University Law Review (Iyunei Mishpat), 221-269 (2016).

Keren Weinshall-Margel, Inbal Galon & Ifat Taraboulos, Creating a Case Weight Index for Measuring Judicial Workload, 44 Hebrew University Law Review (Mishpatim), 769-814 (2015).

Keren Weinshall-Margel, Attitudinal and Neo-Institutional Models of Supreme Court Decision Making: An Empirical and Comparative Perspective from Israel, 8 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 556-586 (2011).

 [Received the first place award in the Best Paper Competition of the Rabin International Annual Graduate Conference]

Keren Weinshall-Margel & John Shapard, Overlooked Factors in the Analysis of Parole Decisions, 108 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 833-834 (2011)

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Margit Cohn

Prof. Margit Cohn

Henry J. and Fannie Harkavy Chair in Comparative Law
Room 205
02-5882558

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Education

LLD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2001).

 

Representative publications
Margit Cohn, “Legal Transplants: A Theoretical Framework”, in Matthias Siems and Po Jen Yap (eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022).
Margit Cohn, A Theory of the Executive Branch: Tension and Legality, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. 322 pages + indices.
Margit Cohn, “The Executive Branch / Core Government”, in Aharon Barak, Barak Medina, and Yaniv Roznai (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on the Israeli Constitution (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Margit Cohn, “Judicial Deference to the Administration in Israel”, in Zhu Guobin (ed.), Deference to the Administration in Judicial Review (Springer 2020) 231-269.
Margit Cohn, “Non-Statutory Executive Powers in France: A Comparison between Two Regimes”, in Comparative Law and… 51-63 (Presses universitaires d’Aix-Marseille, 2015).
Margit Cohn, “Sovereignty, Constitutional Dialogues and Political Networks”, in Sovereignty and the Law: Domestic, European and International Perspectives, 236-250 (Richard Rawlings, Peter Leyland & Alison Young, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013).
Margit Cohn and Dieter Grimm, Human Dignity”, in Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law 193-203 (Thomas Fleiner, Cheryl Saunders & Mark Tushnet eds., Routledge, 2012).
Margit Cohn, “Form, Formula and Constitutional Ethos: The Political Question/Justiciability Doctrine in Three Common Law Systems”, 59 American Journal of Comparative Law 675-713 (2011).
Margit Cohn, “Legal Transplant Chronicles: The Evolution of Unreasonableness and Proportionality Review of the Administration in the United Kingdom”, 58 American Journal of Comparative Law 583-629 (2010).
Margit Cohn, “‘Patchwork’ Emergency Legislation”, 29 Mishpatim, 623-688 (1998) (in Hebrew).
     
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Prof. Ruth Gavison

Prof. Ruth Gavison

Professor Emerita of Human Rights

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Ruth Gavison was born in Jerusalem in 1945. She completed her bachelor’s degree in law cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After interning at the Supreme Court with Justice Benjamin Halevy, she received her license to practice law and began to study for a master’s degree in law at the Hebrew University, while also undertaking undergraduate studies in economics and philosophy. In 1971 she began doctorate studies in the philosophy of law at Oxford University, under the supervision of the British scholar H.L.A. Hart. Her doctorate research examined the legal protection of privacy. In 1974 Gavison joined the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, heading the H. Cohen Chair of Human Rights. Her studies examine issues touching on the relationship between law and morality; issues of religion and state; the nature of law and the relationship between law and the role of the judge; and diverse issues from the field of public law. Gavison is a leading scholar in the field of law and society and a pioneer in the struggle for civil rights in Israel. She was one of the founders of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and served as the association’s chairperson and president. Gavison has received numerous prizes over her many years of legal work, including the Zeltner Prize for Legal Research, the Avi Chai Prize (for her work on the new social covenant between observant and non-observant Jews in Israel), a prize from the Movement for
Tolerance, an Emet (Art-Science-Culture) prize in the legal and social sciences category, and the Israel Prize for Legal Research (2011).

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Prof. David Kretzmer

Prof. David Kretzmer

Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law
02-5880077

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David Kretzmer was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1943. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before studying for his doctorate at York University in Canada. Kretzmer served as an intern for Supreme Court Justice Berenzon and in 1968 received his license to practice law.  In 1975 Kretzmer received an appointment as a lecturer at the Hebrew University and in 1991 he was appointed a professor. Kretzmer’s areas of expertise include public international law, administrative law, andconstitutional law. Over the years he has published a large number of books and articles on such subject as the Supreme Court’s protection of human rights, the legal status of Arab citizens of Israel, freedom of expression and racist statements, the right of protest, judicial review, the concept of human dignity in human rights discourse, the applicability of the Geneva Convention to the Palestinian Authority areas, and so forth. Kretzmer was among the founders of B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and has served as a member of a number of international bodies active in the human rights field, including the UN Human Rights Committee, on which he served from 1995 to 2002. 

 

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Simha Landau

Prof. Simha Landau

Mildred and Benjamin Berger Chair of Criminology
02-5882515

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Higher Education

 
1960-1964        

Hebrew University, Sociology and Psychology, B.A.

 
 
1964-1968        

Hebrew University, Psychology (Major) and M.A. (Magna Criminology (Minor)  CumLaude)

 
 
1969-1973        

Hebrew University, Psychology/Criminology, Ph.D.

 
 
1973-1974     

University of Pennsylvania, Criminology Post Doctoral Fellow

 
 

3. Academic Rank and Tenure in Institutions of Higher Education

 
 
1973-74         

 Research Associate, Senior Fullbright Fellow, Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law, University of Pennsylvania.

 
 
1974-78         

 Lecturer, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.

 
 
1974-76         

 Assistant Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.

 
 
1975  

              Visiting Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

 
 
1978-79         

 Senior Research Associate, Home Office Research Unit, and Academic Visitor, London School of Economics and Political Science.

 
 
1979-89         

 Senior Lecturer (with tenure), Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.

 
 
1980-83         

 Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.

 
 
 1984              

Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago .

 
 
1989-97         

 Associate Professor, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.

 
 
 1990              

Senior Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for International Criminal Law and Criminology, Freiburg, W. Germany (Spring and Summer).

 
 
1994  

Visiting Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (Spring).

 
 
1994  

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Faculty of Law, University of California, Berkeley (summer).

 
 

1994-97         

 Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University                  

1998  

Member of the Teaching Faculty (including opening lecture) of the First Asian Post-Graduate Course in Victimology, Mito, Japan.

 
 
1997-             

 Full Professor, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.

 
 
 1999              

Appointed to the Mildred and Benjamin Berger Chair in Criminology at the Hebrew University.

 
 
2001  

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Criminology, and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. 

 
 

2003 - 05       

  Director, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew  University.

 
 
 2006              

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Faculty of Law, UC Berkeley (spring).

 
 
 2006              

Visiting Professor, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland (summer). 

 
 
 
 

4. Other Professional and Academic Activities

 
 
1963-64         

 Research Sociologist, The Israel Air Force.

 
 
1966-68         

 Secretary of the Editorial Board of Delinquency and Society, Publication of  the Israel Society of Criminology.

 
 
1971-72         

 Member of the Israeli Organizing Committee of the Second International Symposium on Drug Abuse, May, 1973, Jerusalem.

 
 
1971-73         

 Member of the Organizing Committee of the First International Symposium on Victimology, September, 1973.

 
 
 1971-73         

Member and coordinator of the National Committee on Illegal Drug Use.

 
 
 1982              

Chair of the Organizing Committee, the Fifth National Conference of the Israeli Society of Criminology, Jerusalem, March-April, 1982.

 
 
 1983              

Organizer and chair of a section on: “Crimes of Violence - A Cross Cultural Perspective”, Ninth International Congress on Criminology, Vienna, September, 1983.

 
 
 1988              

Organizer and chair of a session on: “Crimes of Violence”, Eighth Biennial World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Swansea, Wales, July, 1988.

 
 
1988 

Organizer and chair of a workshop on: “Violent Crime and its Relation  to Social Stress Factors”, Tenth International Congress on Criminology, Hamburg, September, 1988.

 
 
1991   

Organizer and chair of the Sixth European Conference of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Jerusalem, June, 1991.

 
 
1991   

Senior Scientist Fellow, Israel-Finland Exchange Program, November,  1991.

 
 
1993-94         

 Member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Handling of Police Violence.

 
 
1994-             

 Council Member, International Society for Research on Aggression.

 
 
1995-             

 Member, Executive Board of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.

 
 
 1996-             

Member, Editorial Board of Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary and  International journal.

 
 
 1996-             

Member of the Follow-Up Team for the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Police Violence.

 
 

 1997              

Member of the Commission for Determining Principles of  Punishment (Minimum Sentences)

 
 
 1999-             

Member, Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless.

 
 

 06      

Chair, steering Committee of project on violence in schools in Israel, Ministry of Education, the State of Israel.

 
 
 06                  

Chair, The Israeli National Council of Criminology

 
 
04     

Member, Board of Editors of Aggressive Behavior,Official journal of  the International Society for Research on Aggression.

2004   

Organizer and chair of the Israeli sections at the Societies of Criminology 1st Key  Issues Conference,  Paris, May,2004.2004                                                       

 2004              

Co-organizer and co-chair of a symposium on Violence in Hospitals at the XVI World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Santorini, Greece, September, 2004.

 
 
2004-            

Associate Editor of International Perspectives in Victimology.

 
 

2005 -            

Consulting Editor of Aggressive Behavior, Official journal of the International Society for Research on Aggression.

 

  

2005    

Organizer of a session on "Violence Against Personnel in Hospital Emergency Wards", at the 14thworld Congress of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA, August, 2005.

     
 

 

5. Research Activities (External Grants)

 
1967-70         

 Principal Investigator, “Homicide in Israel”, funded by the Ford Foundation.

 
 
1971-73         

 P.I., “A Follow-up Study on Changes in the Behavior of Juvenile Members of Street Corner Groups”, funded by the Israel Ministry of Social Welfare.

 
 
1974-77         

 P.I., Israeli branch of the study “Comparative Social Control of Adolescent Misbehavior in Advanced Industrial Societies”, coordinated by Jackson Toby, Rutgers University. Funded by the Ford Foundation

 
 
1981-83         

 P.I. (with Leslie Sebba), “Delinquency in an Israeli Birth Cohort - A  Feasibility Study”, funded by the National Council for Research and Development.  

 
 
1986-90         

 P.I., “Stress Factors, Social Support and Violence in Israeli Society”, funded by the Israeli National Council for Research and Development.

 
 
 1991-94         

P.I. (with Leslie Sebba), “Punishment by Service Work - An Evaluation Study”, funded by the Israeli Ministry of Police.

 
 
1991- 96        

 P.I., Israeli branch of “A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Gender Differences in Regard to Indirect and Direct Aggression During Adolescence”, coordinated by Kay Bjorkqvist (Abo Akademi) and Kirsti Lagerspetz (Turku  University). Funded by the Academy of Finland.

 
 
1992- 98        

 P.I. (with Riva Bachrach), Israeli branch of a research project on “Childhood TV Violence Viewing and Adult Aggression”, coordinated by Rowell L.                          Huesmann and Leonard Eron, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Funded by  NIMH, U.S.A.

 
 
1994- 98        

 P.I., “Patterns of Violence and Suicide: Their Relation to Subjective Social Stress and Support Indicators”, Funded by the Israel Science Foundation.

 
 
2001-04  

P..I., "Violence Against Medical and Non-Medical Personnel in Hospital  Emergency Wards in Israel". Funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research.

 
 

2006 -              

P.I., Israeli part of a research project on “Effects on Children of Persistent Exposure to Extreme Political Violence”, conducted in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. P.I., Rowell L. Huesmann, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Funded by NIH, U.S.A.

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Dr. Adi Leibovitch

Dr. Adi Leibovitch

Senior Lecturer
Room 223
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Dr. Adi Leibovitch is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and a member of the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality. She served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and as a visiting researcher at NYU School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and UCLA School of Law. 

Leibovitch's research focuses on the economic analysis of law, behavioral theory, and empirical methods, as applied to the study of the institutional design of courts, litigation, and legal decision-making, with a particular interest in the criminal justice system. She has published articles in leading peer review and law review journals, including the Journal of Legal StudiesNorthwestern University Law Review, and University of Chicago Law Review Online. Her research has received several awards and grants, including a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation Presidential Award.  

Before starting to teach, Leibovitch was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. She received her LL.M. and J.S.D from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a John M. Olin Scholar at the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, and a Russell Baker Scholar. She also earned her LL.B. and M.B.A, both magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her M.A. summa cum laude in public policy, mediation and conflict resolution from Tel-Aviv University. Leibovitch practiced law at the Military Advocate General Corps in Israel Defense Forces, where she served as legal counsel in the International Law Department, a prosecutor and deputy head of the Intelligence and Narcotics Section in the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office, and a public defender in the Office of the Military Public Defender for the Central District.

 

Education

J.S.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2016.
LL.M., University of Chicago Law School, 2011.
M.A., Tel-Aviv University, School of Public Policy, 2009.
M.B.A., Hebrew University, School of Business Administration, 2007.
LL.B., Hebrew University, Faculty of Law, 2005.

 

Representative Publications

Leibovitch, Adi, Institutional Design and the Psychology of the Trial Judge, in Bartosz Brozek, Jaap Hage, and Nicole A. Vincent (Eds.), Law and Mind: A Survey of Law and the Cognitive Sciences, pp. 193–206 (Cambridge University Press) (2021)

Leibovitch, Adi, and Alexander Stremitzer, Experimental Methods in Constitutional LawUniversity of Chicago Law Review Online (2021)

Leibovitch, Adi, Punishing on a Curve, 111(5) Northwestern University Law Review 1205 (2017).

Leibovitch, Adi, Relative Judgments, 45(2) Journal of Legal Studies 281 (2016).

 

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Berachyahu Lifshitz

Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz

Henry J. and Fannie Harkavy chair in comparative law
02-5882524

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Higher Education


1965-1970 Yeshivah, “Kerem B’Yavneh”
1970-1974 LL.B. (with distinction), Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1974-1975 Clerkship, The Supreme Court of Israel (Judge I. Kister) and the District Attorney of Jerusalem (M. Kirsch)
1975 - Member of the Israeli Bar Association
1977 M.A. (with distinction), Talmud, The Hebrew University (Topic: Third Chapter of Tractate Ketubot [BT], Text and Exegsis. Supervisor: Prof. E. Sh. Rosenthal)
1979 Dr. Juris. (summa cum laude), Hebrew University. (Topic: One Does Not Receive Both the Death Penalty and Payment. (Supervisor: Prof. Menahem Elon).

Professional Activity

1971-1987 A member of the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1972-1979 Assistant teacher and Instructor, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1979-1983 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1980-1981 Lecturer, the Department of Talmud, Hebrew University
1983-1988 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1983-1984 Research Fellow, Harvard University
1984 Member of the Faculty Disciplinary Court, The Hebrew University
1986-2001 Member of the Acadmic commitee of the Institute for Research in J. Law
1989-1996 Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
1990-1996 Member of the Codification Committee, Ministry of Justice
1991-1993 Vice-Dean, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
1992-1996 Associate Professor, The College of Management
1994-1996 Dean, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
1994 Member of the Committee on the Clerkship Problem in Israel
1995- The Harkavy Chair for Comparative Law
1994 - Member of the Academic Committee of The Jewish Law Association
1995-‏2001 Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, The Hebrew University
1995-2001 Member of the Academic Committee of the Silbert Institute, The Hebrew University
1996 Full Professor, The Hebrew University
1996- Academic Committee of the Center for Teaching Jewish Culture in the Diaspora
1996-2000 President (Hon.), The Jewish Law Association
1996-2000 President, Disciplinary Court, The Hebrew University
1996-1998 Chairman of the Board of Directors, The College of Law, Ramat Gan
1996-1999 Chairman of the Central Admission Committee of the Hebrew University
1997- Member of the Hon. Presidency of the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel
1997- 2007 Professor, College of Law, Ramat-Gan
1998- Member of the Committees of Scientific Literature and Jewish Stusies, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem
1999- Member of the Curatorion, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem
1999 - Memoriak Foundation for Jewish Culture
2000 - 2001 Sabbatical year, Penn U., The Center for Jewish Studies
2001-2004 Director, the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2001- Member of the Academic Council, Orot Israel College of Education
2001-2004 Person in charge of the prosecution of the academic staff, The Heb. U.
2002- Member of the Hight Committee of Appointments, The Hebrew University
2004- Member of the Senate, Hebrew University
2005- Member of Search Committee for Rector, Hebrew University
2005 - Member of the committee for the draft of a Constitution for the State of Israel, The Institute for Zionist Strategies, Jerusalem
2006 - 2007 Director, The Harry Sacher Institute
2007 - Professor, Sharei Mishpat College of Law
2007 - Member of the Accademic Committee of the World Congress of Jewish Studies
2007 - Member of the Committee of Appointments for tenure positions
2009 - Chairman of the Accademic Committee of The Harry Sacher Institue
2009 - Member of the Senate, Heb. U.
4.2011- Head, the Institute for Research in Jewish Law

Prizes

1973 The Webber Prize
1975 The Amitay Prize
1976 The Urbach Prize
1977 The Jacob Herzog Prize
1980 The Warburg Prize
1981 The Zilberg Prize
1983 The Shnarch Prize
1986 The Duchan Prize
1989 The Rosenthal Prize


Board of Editors

1971-1975 Mishpatim (1974-1976, Vice-Editor)
1979-1983 Deot
1982- Shenaton Ha Mishpat HaIvri (2001-2003 Editor-in-Chief; 2007-2009 Co-Editor)
1998- The Jewish Law Annual - Editor-in-Chief
2000-2004 Shanna be’ Shanna


PH.D. STUDENTS:

Dr. M. Vigoda
Dr. A.Radzyner
Dr. Y. Brand
Dr. Y. Cohen
Dr. Sh. Wosner
Dr. B. Cahana
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Y. Shapira
E. Zilberstein
Sh. Barash
B.Z. Grinberger
G. Edri
M. Dror


M.A. STUDENTS:

M. Vigoda; Sh. Wosner; Ch. Goldberg

 

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Prof. Shimon Shetreet

Prof. Shimon Shetreet

Greenblatt Professor of Public and International Law Public Law, Courts and Judges.
02-5882534

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Professor Shimon Shetreet is a Professor of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He holds the Greenblatt chair of public and international law and is the head of the Sacher Institute of Legislative Research and Comparative Law.

He has in recent years been Visiting Scholar at the New York University Global Law Program, Visiting Prof. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law , Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London .he has also been Visiting Prof of law at Tulane University and University of San Diego .

He was born in 1946 in Morocco and came to ISRAEL in 1949. He completed his education in Israel and in the US, earning an LL.B., 1968, and an LL.M., 1970, from the Hebrew University. And a Masters., 1971, and a Doctor’s degree in 1973 from the University of Chicago school of Law. He served as Visiting Professor at a number of Universities including NYU School of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, University of Manitoba, Wuerzburg University, Germany and the University of San Diego and New York Law School of Law.

Prof. Shimon Shetreet began his legal career as Clerk to Mr. Justice Witkon of the Supreme Court of Israel, 1967. He was admitted to the Israeli Bar Association, 1969. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Israel in a number of landmark cases; was Member of the Chief Justice Landau Commission on the Israeli Court System, 1980; was a Founder Secretary General of the Public Law Association (1987 - 1992); and a Judge on the Standard Contract Court (1981-88). He is President of the Israeli Chapter of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

Prof Shetreet published extensively all the years including when he was serving in high public offices. He is author and editor of a number of books, including "Judges on Trial" (1976), "Judicial Independence: The Contemporary Debate" (1985), "The Role of Courts in Society" (1988) , "National Security and Free Speech" (1991),"Pioneers in Tears: Anthology on North African Jewry" (1991) "Justice in Israel" (1994), "Women in Law"(1998), "The Good Land between Power and Religion" (1998),  "Law and Social Pluralism" (2002) and On Adjudication (2004 ), ". He is the author of numerous publications in legal journals in Israeli and overseas law reviews

Prof. Shetreet’s book Judges on Trial: A Study of the Appointment and the Accountability of the English Judiciary(1976) was relied upon by the House of Lords in the Pinochet Case in January 1999  and this and other works have also been relied upon as well  in  numerous Highest court cases in other countries Canada ,Australia ,New Zealand and India .

On the international level Professor Shetreet has been very active .He served as General Coordinator, International Bar association Project for Minimum Standards of Judicial Independence 1980-1982,Speaker ,General Rapporteur and Chairman in numerous legal international conferences of leading academic and professional organizations, including, International Bar Association , First World Conference on the Independence of Justice;  Congress of Comparative Law and  International Association  Association on Procedural Law.  


Prof Shetreet has held high public offices. Between 1988 and 1996 he served as Member of the Knesset the Israeli Parliament His Past Government Positions include a cabinet Minister in the Rabin Government wherw  he serve as Minister of Economy and Planning, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister in charge of the Second Television and Radio Authority and Minister of Religious Affairs In addition to his distinguished academic career and his public offices he also held high business positions including member of the board of Bank Leumi and Chairman of the Board of Mishaan.

Prof Shetreet comes from a religious family. He had his elementary studies in Jewish religious school and he also attended a Yeshiva in his youth years. When he was 13 he won the first Bible youth Contest in Israel. He pursued his scholarly interest in Bible studies .He was a permanent member of the Bible Study Group of scholars that was hosted by Prime Minister Menachem Begin for about three years. He delivered papers in this group on Ethics in Government in Biblical and Jewish Law, The Powers of the King to Confiscate Property in Biblical and Jewish Law and Freedom of Conscience in the Bible.

Prof Shetreet is married to Miri, a social worker, and they have four children.
 

Project Culture of Peace

 

 

International Project on Judicial independence 2006

 

International Standards of Judicial Independence: New Delhi, Montreal Declaration and Mt.Scopus Standards

Detailed report of the conferences of the international project of judicial Independence 1980-2012

 

International Association of Judicial Independence and World Peace

 

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