Legal History

Berachyahu Lifshitz

Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz

Henry J. and Fannie Harkavy chair in comparative law
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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. Celia Wasserstein Fassberg

Prof. Celia Wasserstein Fassberg

Judge Harry M. Fisher Professor of Private International and Inter-Religious Law
Room 122
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Prof. Celia Wasserstein Fassberg was born in Scotland and grew up in England and Jerusalem. She obtained an Ll.B. degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an S.J.D. degree at Harvard Law School. She clerked at the State Attorney’s Office and at the Israeli Supreme Court, for Justice Aharon Barak, before becoming a member of the Israeli Bar Association. She is a Full Professor at the Hebrew University Law School where she holds the Judge Harry M. Fisher Chair in Private International and Inter-Religious Law. Her primary area of research and teaching is Private International Law in which she has published extensively, including a comprehensive book in Hebrew that has become a standard work in Israel. She has also taught Comparative Law, International Transactions, and Admiralty Law. Professor Fassberg has held many senior academic and administrative positions at the Hebrew University, among which are Director of the Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, member of the University Board of Management, and chairperson of the committee charged with drafting the Hebrew University Code of Conduct in Research and its Conflict of Interest Code. Beyond the confines of the University she participates in preparatory work on legislation and international conventions in her areas of expertise, has served on the public council for approving experiments with animals, on Helsinki committees approving medical experiments involving humans, and on hospital and Health Ministry medical ethics committees. Professor Fassberg has been a Visiting Scholar at the law schools of Harvard, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and at UNIDROIT in Rome. She is a member of the International Association of Procedural Law and Vice-President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists.  In 2016 she was awarded the Justice Shneor Zalman Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law.

 

Education

Ll.B. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

S.J.D. Harvard Law School

 

Representative Publications in English

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)

 "Product Liability and the Conflict of Laws: Theory and Practice", 9 Tel Aviv University Studies in Law 205 (1989)

"The Intertemporal Problem Reconsidered: Israeli Matrimonial Property"  39 Int. & Comp. L.Q. 856 (1990)

"Rule and Reason in the Common Law of Foreign Judgments" 12 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 193 (1999)

"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)

"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).

 

List of Publications

 

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