Academic Advisory Board

Academic Advisory Board

The ISCP's academic advisory board assists in identifying translation-worthy decisions of the Court and serves as part of a team that helps grow the program and forge ties between the academic communities in America and Israel. The board consists of:

Ori Aronson is an Associate Professor at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, where he is also deputy director of the Center for Jewish and Democratic Law. He received an LL.B from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and LL.M and S.J.D degrees from Harvard Law School. His research interests include constitutional law and civil procedure, with a special interest in political and constitutional implications of the institutional design of court systems. He has published in Israeli and U.S. law reviews and in collected volumes on topics such as models of judicial review, military adjudication, court specialization, political pluralism, and path dependence in constitutional politics. In 2014–16, he was a visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley Law School.

Arye Edrei is a professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University. He teaches a variety of courses on the history and philosophy of Jewish Law. His main fields of interest are Talmudic jurisprudence and Jewish Law in the 20th century. He also has written on "law and ideology" and "law and memory". Together with Professor Suzanne Last Stone, Edrei is the co-editor in chief of "Dinei Israel", a Journal of Jewish Law, published jointly by the Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty and the Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University. He earned an LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and did post doctoral studies as a Harry Star Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University (1996-1998). Edrei served as a visiting professor at Toronto University Law School (2003); Cardozo Law School (2004;2008); and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2009;2010;1011). He was also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005), and a Fellow at Oxford Uiversity, Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His current primary project is a book on "Halakhah in the Twentieth Century", which focuses primarily on contemporary halakhic reactions to the Jewish sovereignty. 

Anat Horovitz is a member of the Faculty of Law of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned her LL.B. (summa cum laude) at The Hebrew University Law School and her LL.M. (with Distinction) at the London School of Economics. She wrote her doctoral thesis on "Procedural and Evidential Aspects of Sentencing Hearings" at The Hebrew University Law School, and earned her LL.D. in 2004 (magna cum laude). Her areas of interest include criminal procedure, criminal law, and evidence law. She is the author of “The Protection of Victim’s Dignity in the German and Israeli Criminal Justice Systems” (Israel Law Review), “The Ambiguous Nature of Ambiguity and Crime Control” (NYU Journal of Law and Liberty), and Current Trends in Criminal Procedure and Evidence (edited with M. Kremnitzer). Since 2005, Dr. Horovitz has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Justice on Criminal Procedure, headed by President Miriam Naor. 

Alexander Kaye is Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2012, after taking his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Cambridge.  Professor Kaye's research interests are in Jewish intellectual history and the study of Israel. His current research focuses on the legal philosophy of religious Zionists in the twentieth century, showing how they configured the relationship between state power and traditional Jewish law, often drawing on trends in European and American legal philosophy. His work contributes to the intellectual and cultural history of Judaism; explores the relationships among law, religion, and politics; and interrogates the distinction between the religious and the secular. Most recently, he co-edited, with David N. Myers, “The Faith of Fallen Jews”: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History (University Press of New England, 2013).

Pnina Lahav is Professor of Law and Law Alumni Scholar at Boston University Law School and a member of the Eli Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. She has published nearly 50 journal articles and three books, including the critically acclaimed Judgment in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century. Among the prestigious research fellowships that Professor Lahav has earned are a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, a grant from the Lipsitt Faculty Research Fund at Boston University, a fellowship at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the spring of 2008. Among her awards are the Seltner Award (1998);  The Gratz College Centennial Book Award (1998); The Life Achievement Award in Israel Studies (2016) and the Silver Shingle Award (2018.) Professor Lahav has taught at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Herzlia, Oxford University and Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France. She is presently completing a gendered biography of Golda Meir, Israel’s Fourth Prime Minister. Temporary title: Golda: The Only Woman in the Room.

Shahar Lifshitz is the dean of Bar-Ilan University Law School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he co-directs the project on Human Rights in Judaism. He received his Ph.D. in law from Bar-Ilan. Professor Lifshitz's areas of expertise include family law and contract law. He is the author of The Spousal Registry (Israel Democracy Institute, 2007) and Cohabitation Law in Israel from the Perspective of a Civil Law Theory of the Family (Haifa University Press, 2005), the latter of which received the Bahat Prize. Prof. Lifshitz has taught at Columbia Law School, Penn Law School, and Cardozo Law School. Together with Israeli Supreme Court President Emeritus Dorit Benisch, he co-chairs the Forum for Cooperation between the Israeli Supreme Court and Israeli Legal Academia.

Barak Medina is Justice Haim Cohn Professor of Human Rights at Hebrew University Law School. His teaching and research areas include constitutional law and economic analysis of law. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University (LL.B. 1991, B.A. Economics 1991, M.A. Economics 1992), Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1996), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Ph.D. Economics 1999). In 2012/13 he served as a Visiting Professor at the Law School of the University of California at Berkeley. He is the co-author (with Amnon Rubinstein) of the authoritative book on Israel’s Constitutional Law, now in its 6th edition. Professor Medina is also a member of the governing board of the Israel Association of Law and Economics serves as the substitute Israeli member at the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.

Amnon Reichman is a Professor of Law at University of Haifa Law School. He holds an S.J.D. from the University of Toronto, an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests span constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, human rights, theories of interpretation, jurisprudence, and law and culture. He has published tens of articles in journals and books in Israel and the United States. 

Adam Shinar is an Associate Professor at the Radzyner Law School at IDC Herzliya. He holds an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he also served as the Clark Byse Fellow. He also holds an LL.B. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Dr. Shinar clerked for the President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, and worked as an attorney for several human rights NGOs in Israel and India. He specializes in constitutional law and theory and comparative constitutional law. His academic interests include labor law, administrative law, legal theory, sociology of law, and political philosophy.

Michael Stanislawski is the Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University. He obtained his B.A. (1973), M.A. (1975), and Ph.D. (1979) from Harvard University, and has taught at Columbia since 1980. His research focuses on Jewish, European intellectual, and Russian history. His dissertation, "Tsar Nicholas I and the Jews: The Transformation of Jewish Society in Russia, 1825-1855," was later published in 1983. Other notable books by Stanislawski include Zionism and the Fin de Siècle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau to Jabotinsky (2001), For Whom Do I Toil?: Judah Leib Gordon and the Crisis of Russian Jewry (1988), Autobiographical Jews (2004), and A Murder in Lemberg (2007), which chronicles the murder of a reformist rabbi by an Orthodox Jew in the Ukrainian city of Lemberg (now Lviv).  His most recent book, Zionism: A Very Short Introduction was published last year by Oxford University Press.

Yofi Tirosh is a Senior Lecturer at Tel Aviv University Law School. She completed her LL.M. and S.J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School and her LL.B at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining TAU in 2008, she served as a Hauser Global Research Fellow at NYU Law School. In Fall 2012 she was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Her scholarship is located at the intersection between law, body, gender, and language. Tirosh's work explores diverse topics such as discursive analysis of legal texts, affirmative action, and antidiscrimination theory. Recently, her work has focused on the many ways in which the body and physical appearance are regulated by law, in contexts such as employers’ appearance requirements, weight-based discrimination, privacy, and the legal treatment of physical differences between the sexes. She has published articles in the Ohio State Law Journal and the Connecticut Law Review, among other journals. Alongside her research activities, Tirosh is a human rights activist and expert, who serves both on NGO boards and on governmental committees.