The Center for Israeli Legal Studies invites two Visiting Scholars in Residence per year. These individuals have either done extensive research and writing on topics of Israeli Law—or Israel-U.S. comparative law—or have practiced law in Israel. While in residence, Visiting Scholars participate actively in educational programs for our students. They also interact with our faculty on a high scholarly level and create relationships between Columbia Law School and other universities.
Teaching: Seminar: Marriage As a Contract
Lifshitz is a professor at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He was a visiting scholar and Berkowitz Fellow at the New York University School of Law’s global law school program in the 2005-2006 academic year, and a visiting professor of law and Distinguished Fellow of Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006-2007 and in spring 2009. Together with Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Benish, Professor Lifshitz co-chairs the forum for cooperation between the Israeli Supreme Court and Israeli legal academia.
Teaching: International Courts & Tribunals; Seminar: International Criminal Courts
Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also serves currently as the academic director of the the university’s Minerva Center for Human Rights, a director in the International Law Forum at the Hebrew University and the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT), a member of the steering committee of the DOMAC project (assessing the impact of international courts on domestic criminal procedures in mass atrocity cases) and as a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. He has published a number of books and articles on international courts and arbitration tribunals and other international law issues such as international human rights, international criminal law and international humanitarian law.
Taught: Comparative Gender Law: Between Constitutional Tradition and Feminist Theory
Recently appointed to Israel’s Supreme Court, Barak-Erez was a former professor at the Faculty of Law and the former Stewart and Judy Colton Chair of Law and Security at Tel-Aviv University. She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (1993-1994), a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Public Law, Heidelberg (2000), an Honorary Research Fellow at University College, London (2002), among other places. She is the author and editor of several books and has many articles published in journals in the United States, Canada, England, and Israel.
Taught: Law and Economics
Senior lecturer at the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya in Israel. He was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business at Harvard Law School from 1996 to 2000. He was in private practice for Barzel & Co. from 1993-1996, a visiting professor in the Spring of 2006 at Bologna University, Erasmus Mundus Law and Economics Program and an Advisor to the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, Subcommittee on Class Actions for the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in 2006.
Taught: Seminar: Law & Culture; Seminar: Multiculturalism, Society and the Law
Daniel Rubinstein Professor of Comparative Civil Law and Jurisprudence at the Tel Aviv University and a former dean of the Faculty. An expert in the areas of contracts law and law and culture, he has published more than 70 articles and chapters in books in Israel, the United States and Britain.