Yehuda Blum was born in 1931 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. During the Second World War his family fled to Switzerland on the train organized by Dr. Israel Kastner. In 1955 Blum completed his master’s degree in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in 1961 he received a doctorate from the University of London. In 1955-1956 he worked as an intern for Supreme Court Justice David Goitein and in 1962 he was appointed assistant to the legal advisor of the Foreign Ministry. In 1965 Blum joined the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, heading the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law. From 1978 to 1984 Blum served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. He took part in the negotiations for a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, and later served as a member of the Israeli legal team to the international arbitration hearings on the subject of Taba. Prof. Blum’s fields of research are public international law, international organizations, constitutional law, and United Nations law. He has published numerous books and articles in Israel and elsewhere.
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