Faculty, Co-Directors

Faculty members, affiliated with the Center for Israeli Legal Studies, actively explore cutting-edge legal issues the state of Israel has grappled with in recent years through lectures, seminars, and conferences.

 Zohar Goshen
Zohar Goshen

Professor of Law

David M. Schizer
David M. Schizer

Dean Emeritus; Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics; Co-Director of the Richard P. Richman Center on Business, Law and Public Policy; Co-Director of the Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center

Associate Director

Joshua Mitts
Joshua Mitts

Associate Professor of Law

Affiliated Faculty


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.

2017-2018 VISITORS

2016-2017 VISITORS

2015-2016 VISITORS

2014-2015 VISITORS

2013-2014 VISITORS

  • Aharon Barak, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel; President, Supreme Court of Israel, retired
  • Doron Teichman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2012-2013 VISITORS

  • Margit Cohen
    Cohen is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under a joint appointment at the Faculty of Law and the Federman School of Public Policy and Government. Cohn was previously a lecturer in law at the University of Leicester, U.K., and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and the University of Oxford. She lectured at the London Centre of Transnational Legal Studies, Tulane University, and Université Jean Moulin Lyon III.
  • Hanoch Dagan
    Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business, and Society Hanoch Dagan, joined Columbia Law School for the fall 2012 semester. Dagan is former dean of the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and the founding director of the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies. He is also a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the American Law Institute and of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Dagan received an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School, where he held a Fulbright award after receiving his LL.B. summa cum laude from Tel Aviv University. Dagan has published more than 50 articles in leading legal journals and has authored five books. In recent years, Dagan served as a visiting professor at Yale, Michigan, Cornell, and Toronto.
  • Arie Reich
    Reich is former dean of the Faculty of Law of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Reich has pioneered the field of international trade law in Israel, and served for six years as the chairman of Israel's International Trade Commission. He is a board member of the Israeli branch of the International Chamber of Commerce and of its arbitration committee. He has served as a member of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels in disputes regarding anti-dumping measures and countervailing duties between the EU and the U.S., and between China and the EU. He is the national correspondent for Israel to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at many institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Hon. Ruti Ronnen
    Ronnen received her LL.B. degree from the Hebrew University and her LL.M. from Tel Aviv University. She clerked for the chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, the Hon. Meir Shamgar and was an associate at the Israeli law firm of Yigal Arnon & Co. as well as at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Ronnen also headed the commission on efficiency in Israeli courts appointed by the administrator of the courts in Israel.

2011-2012 VISITORS

  • David Gliksberg, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Sharon Hannes
    Vice-Dean of the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, Sharon joined Columbia Law School for the fall 2011 semester. He is also academic director of the Tel-Aviv—Berkeley Executive LL.M. Program in Commercial Law, a joint program of Tel-Aviv University and UC Berkeley aimed at lawyers, legal advisors and judges. Sharon received his S.J.D. in corporate and finance law from Harvard University, and completed his LL.M. in corporate law at New York University. He has been published in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and Northwestern University Law Review.
  • Guy Pessach
    Guy is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an affiliate fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he did his post-doc studies as a Fulbright Scholar. Before joining Hebrew University, Guy clerked for Justice Yitzchak Zamir at the Israeli Supreme Court. He was previously visiting professor at Georgetown Law School's Center for Transnational Legal Studies. Guy has been published in the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law, the Michigan State Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, among others.

2009-2010 VISITORS

  • Shahar Lifshitz
    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.
  • Yuval Shany
    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.

2008-2009 VISITORS

  • Daphne Barak-Erez  
    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.
  • Alon Klement  
    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.
  • Menachem Mautner 
    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.

2007-2008 VISITORS

  • Izhak Englard, Justice, Supreme Court of Israel, retired
  • David Enoch, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Ariel Porat, Tel Aviv University
  • Eliezer Rivlin, Justice, Supreme Court of Israel
  • Amnon Rubenstein, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Advisory Board

The Center for Israeli Legal Studies is assisted by an advisory board of academics and practitioners with knowledge of and interest in Israeli law, and those who support its study in the United States. Members advise on the work of the center, including in particular the selection of topics for focused research, lectures, and conferences.