Gad Tedeschi was born in Rovigo, Italy in 1907. He studied law at the University of Rome, receiving his doctorate in 1928. I the years 1930-1936 he served as a lecturer of law at various Italian universities. In 1936 he was appointed professor of civil law at the University of Sienna. In 1939 he was dismissed from his post at the university following the adoption of race laws in Italy and he immigrated to Israel. He went on to devote himself to the study of domestic civil law – firstly the law of Mandate Palestine and later that of the State of Israel. In 1941 he became a member of the faculty of the Hebrew University, and in 1949 he was appointed professor at the Faculty of Law, which was founded in the same year. In Italy he had already gained a name for himself thanks to his studies in the field of law, and his books were published in numerous editions. Tedeschi’s articles and ideas shaped Israeli private law. He was the leading spirit behind the Interpretation of Contract Law and the Interpretation of Damages Law and he contributed significantly to the process of civil codification. In 1954 he was awarded the Israel Prize for Law, and in 1961 he was selected as a member of the Israel National Academy of the Sciences. He later declined an offer from the justice minister to serve as a Supreme Court. In a letter to the minister, he explained that he preferred to devote all his time to the teaching and study of law. Prof. Tedeschi passed away in 1992.
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