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Eli M. Salzberger was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa and the President of the European Association for Law and Economics.  He is a graduate of the Hebrew University Faculty of Law (1st in class).  He clerked for Chief Justices Aharon Barak and Dorit Beinish. He wrote his doctorate at Oxford University on the economic analysis of the doctrine of separation of powers.  His research and teaching areas are legal theory and philosophy, economic analysis of law, legal ethics, cyberspace and the Israeli Supreme Court.  He has published more than 40 scientific articles. His latest book (co-authored with Niva Elkin-Koren) is The Law and Economics of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: The Limits of Analysis (Routledge 2012), preceded by Law, Economic and Cyberspace (Edward Elgar 2004).  He was a member of the board of directors of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, of the public council of the Israeli Democracy Institute and of a State commission for reform in performers’ rights in Israel.  He was awarded various grants and fellowships, among them Rothschild, Minerva, GIF, ISF, Fulbright, ORS and British Council. Salzberger was a visiting professor at various universities including Princeton, University of Hamburg, Humboldt University, University of Torino, Miami Law School, University of St. Galen and UCLA. Currently he is the director of the Haifa Center for German and European Studies, the director of the Minerva Center for the Study of the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions and he is the co-director of the International Academy for Judges at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law.

Prof. Eli Salzberger in a talk on: "Counter Terrorism Legistation in Israel":

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Gad Barzilai

Gad Barzilai is a Full Professor of law, political science and international studies, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, Dean Emeritus of University of Haifa Law Faculty and Vice Provost and Head of the International School, University of Haifa. His academic degrees and training are from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Yale, and University of Michigan Ann Harbor. He has published extensively 17 books and about 165 articles and essays in academic top journals and publishing houses on issues of law, society and politics. Several of his books are award winning books. Thus, for example, in his Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities [University of Michigan Press, 2003, 2005] he paved the way for a new understating of the role of communities in shaping practices in law and towards it.  This book was awarded the Best Book Prize by the AIS and was selected to a special conference panel in the Law and Society conference in Chicago (2004). In his Law and Religion [Ashgate, International Series on Law and Society, 2007] he has edited some of the classics on law and religion and made a meaningful contribution to our understanding of this topic. In his Wars, Internal Conflicts and Political Order [SUNY 1996], he has suggested a new way for understanding the construction of political-legal order and disorder in times of national security emergencies. The Hebrew manuscript of this book was awarded the Best Book Award in National Security by the Ben Gurion Foundation. Among others he has published on politics of rights, comparative law, law and political power, law and violence, communities and law, group rights, liberal jurisprudence, national security, democracies and law, and issues concerning Middle East and Israeli politics and law. In his research he is often combining knowledge in law, the social sciences, mainly political science and political sociology, with political theory, theories of jurisprudence, comparative politics and comparative law. He has been trained to use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Barzilai was the President of the Association for Israel Studies (2011-2013) and the Founding First Director of the Dan David Prize (1999-2002). He is a Board member of editorial boards in several world leading professional journals.

Florian 1Florian Jessberger is Full Professor of  Law at the University of Hamburg where he holds the Chair in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law and Modern Legal History. He serves as a Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law. 

Before coming to Hamburg University, Florian Jessberger was the Lichtenberg Professor of International and Comparative Law at Humboldt-University Berlin (until 2010) and held various visiting positions, inter alia, at the University of California, Berkeley, (United States), the University of Western Cape (South Africa) and the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). Florian Jessberger graduated in law from the University of Cologne (1995) and holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Cologne (Dr. iur., 1999) and the Humboldt-University Berlin (Dr. iur. habil., 2008).

Florian Jessberger is a Member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) and published in the fields of German criminal law, international criminal law and comparative criminal law. For a list of publications see

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Itamar Mann's research is in international law and political theory. He teaches international law and a number of related courses, including an elective on law and terrorism, environmental law, and a seminar on human rights.

Before moving to Haifa, he was the national security law fellow and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC. He holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School.

Alongside teaching and research, he provides pro-bono consultancy to several human rights organizations, and is a member of the legal action committee at GLAN (Global Legal Action Network). He previously provided services to Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Justice Initiative on issues related to refugee and migration law in Europe. Itamar is a member of the Israel Bar and have practiced human rights and criminal defense law.

His book, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Stefan OeterStefan Oeter is a full Professor for German and Comparative Public Law and Public International Law, Managing Director of the Institute of International Affairs, University of Hamburg Law School (since 1999); studied law at the universities of Heidelberg and Montpellier; 1987-1997 research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and Public International Law, Heidelberg; 1990 Dr. iur. utr. (Heidelberg); Chairman (since 2006) of the Independent Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (Council of Europe); Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Transport; President of the Historical Commission, International Society for Military Law and the Laws of War; Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; research mainly in comparative federalism, minority protection and human rights law, humanitarian law, European and international economic law, theory of international law and international relations.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter in a guest lecture in Young researchers workshop on Terrorism and belligerency, February, 2019: "The Prohibition of Excessive Collateral Damage as a Limit to Acts of War and Counter-Terrorism" 

AmnonAmnon Reichman is a an Associate Professor of law (tenured 2006) at the faculty of law, University of Haifa and a co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa. In 2016 Prof. Reichman served as the President of the Israeli Law and Society Association. He specializes in public law (constitutional law and administrative law), and his areas of expertise include models of regulation, neo-institutionalism, separation of powers, theories of judicial review, human rights, and comparative constitutional and administrative law. He is the founder and chair of the Research Forum on the Rule of Law (faculty of law), and heads the graduate program (LL.M.) that specializes in civil and administrative law. He taught and developed the syllabus for the legal segment of the graduate program in Emergency and Disaster Management (Geography Department). Professor Reichman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF). He is a member of the European Group of Public Law, and has taught in several leading institutions, including UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Yeshiva University (Cardozo School of Law) and the Center for Judicial Studies (University of Reno, Nevada). He holds an LLB (Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1994), an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1996) and an S.J.D from the University of Toronto (2000). He conducted his post-graduate studies at the Center for Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University (2001). Prior to his graduate studies, professor Reichman clerked for the Hon. Justice Aharaon Barak at the Supreme Court of Israel (1995).

Deborah Shmueli pict 2Deborah F. Shmueli is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa, Head of the National Knowledge and Research Center for Emergency Readiness (awarded in 2018), and a co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Minerva Center for Law and Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa (awarded in 2013).   After completing a four year term as Department Head, she is currently the Academic Head of the  graduate program in Emergency and Disaster Management.  The program covers six dimensions of disaster management:  planning, prevention, mitigation, response, support and recovery.  She is a planner specializing in environmental policy issues related to land use and allocation, water, solid waste and transportation.   Strong foci are public sector and environmental conflict  management  and community and institutional capacity building and public engagement.  She has served as a consultant for master plans in Israel (currently a member of the Strategic Planning team for Israel 100 – in year 2048), facilitated collaborative stakeholder processes,  conducted conflict assessments and workshops on consensus building, conflict assessment and environmental/public sector conflict management.   Over the last ten years she has worked intensively on land issues with Bedouin communities in the Negev, coauthored a book on the subject and served on  a five-member Commission of Inquiry (appointed by the Israeli Ministry of Interior) into the desired municipal  and spatial planning boundaries of the Bedouin communities in the Beer Sheva District.  She currently serves as one of five permanent members of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Unification of Local Authorities, Changes in Areas of ​​Jurisdiction of Local Authorities and the Redistribution of Resources among Local Authorities in the Haifa Metropolitan Area (Haifa Metropolitan Area Permanent Geographic Boundary Committee, Ministry of Interior).  She is PI for two research projects for the Ministry of Science and Technology which focus on earthquakes: Evaluating Israe's Regulatory Framework for Earthquake Preparedness and Response and Recovery, including Public Engagement Mechanisms (completed, two articles in review); and Tools and mechanisms for public engagement in local authorities with regard to earthquake preparedness, response and recovery (completed first year).

Her undergraduate and master’s degree are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1980) and her Doctorate degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (1992).

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Dr. iur., lic. rer.pol. Anne van Aaken is Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International and European Law at the University of Hamburg. From 2006 to 2018, she was a Professor at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Before that, she was Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. She taught as a guest professor at numerous universities in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as the USA and was a Global Law Professor at NYU 2016. She was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin in 2010/11.
She was a Vice-President of the European Society of International Law and of the European Association of Law and Economics, was Chair of the Programmatic Steering Board of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, and is a Member of ILA Committees. She is a member of the EUI Research Council and Member i.a. of the Scientific Advisory Board of European Journal of International Law and of the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law and International Theory.
Her main research areas are international law, (international) legal theory, (behavioural) law and economics including the use of experimental studies as well as corruption. She has published widely on those topics.

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Stefan Voigt pictStefan Voigt is professor at the University of Hamburg and the director of the Institute of Law & Economics at the University of Hamburg. He is a fellow with CESifo (Munich). Previous positions include chairs at the Universities of Marburg, Kassel and Ruhr-University Bochum. Voigt has been a fellow at the Institutes for Advanced Study in Berlin, in Greifswald and at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the economic effects of constitutions. More specifically, current research focuses on the economic effects of the judiciary. Voigt is one of the editors of Constitutional Political Economy and a member of various boards including those of Public Choice and the International Review of Law & Economics. Voigt has consulting experience with both the public and the private sector. He has worked with the World Bank, the European Commission and the OECD but also with the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). The German newspaper Handelsblatt ranks Voigt among the Top-100 German speaking economists according to quality-weighted research output.

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Hans Heinrich TruteHans-Heinrich Trute was a Principal Investigator at the Minerva Center between 2013-2018. He is is full professor for Public Law, Media- and Telecommnications Law at the University of Hamburg (since 2001), director of the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law at the University of Hamburg, co director of the Center for legal education at the university of Hamburg, co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law and Extreme Conditions. He is member of the Constitutional Court of Saxony (since 1993), His research focusses on administrative law, theory of public law, security law, media and telecommunications law and public administration science.



MichalMichal Ben Gal is a researcher and the Academic coordinator of the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa. Michal received her PhD from the University of Haifa (2004). She is a planner (Master of City and Regional Planning, from the Technion, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, 1998) and member in the Israel Planners Association, as well as a lawyer (LL.B. from the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law (2009), and admitted to the Israeli bar in December 2010). Her PhD thesis focused on the Potential of Framing Analysis for Environmental Conflict Management. Her main research interests include regulatory frameworks for emergency situations, and mitigation and facilitation of public and environmental conflicts. At the Minerva Center she is conducting research on the regulation of preparedness for earthquakes. She teaches Law and the Marine Environment at the Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences. Other professional experience includes roles as planner (Ministry of Interior); as planner, mediator, coordinator and adviser for public participation processes for the Emek Hefer Master Plan for Sustainable Development;  an internship  at the Haifa District Attorney's Office; and as a lawyer in the private sector. Michal is also active civically in public issues surrounding planning projects.

Ido Rosenzweig-1Ido Rosenzweig is the Director of Cyber, Belligerencies and Terrorism Research, Minerva Center for the Study of Law under Extreme Conditions. He is an international lawyer with expertise in international humanitarian law (laws of armed conflict) and international human rights law. Prior to his work at the Minerva Center, Ido worked as a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute (in the Terrorism and Democracy Research Division) (2009-2014).

He has served as the coach for the Interdisciplinary Center's International Humanitarian Law team (2009 - 2013), directed the "Amicus Curiea" International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Concord Centre in the College of Management (2010 - 2012).  He is the co-founder and chairman of ALMA - Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law since 2010.  Ido earned his law degrees at Tel Aviv University (LL.B, 2005) (LL.M cum laude, 2010) and Northwestern University (LL.M, with honors, 2010).  He served in the International Law Department of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006 - 2008), is a member of the Israel Bar Association (since 2007) and an experienced computer programmer.

Nadav Dagan
Nadav Dagan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. He specialises in Constitutional & Administrative Law. His present research deals with questions of vires in emergencies with special emphasis on common-law systems.

Dr. Dagan holds LL.B. from the University of Haifa, LL.M. from University College London (UCL), and Ph.D. granted by Bar-Ilan University. His doctoral research, conducted under the supervision of prof. Ariel Bendor, explored the concept of reasonableness in administrative law and sought to promote a coherent doctrine of reasonableness as an integral part of the rule of law. Dr. Dagan is also a qualified lawyer. He is currently an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya.  


Ronnen Ben Arie 1Ronnen Ben-Arie is a postdoctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. In his research at the center Ronnen studies the city of Haifa at the aftermath of the 1948 war and questions - what lessons can be learned from the case of Haifa for the understating of the resilience of cities in overcoming a state of war? Previously, Ronnen was a postdoctoral research fellow at ‘PECLAB – Planning, Environment, Community’ at the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel-Aviv University, and he teaches at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technion.
In his PhD dissertation he explored the concepts of resistance in the political thought of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, as a basis for thinking of possibilities for transformation of social and political order (Department of Government and Political Theory, Haifa University). Ronnen graduated from the Architecture Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem; and completed his MA studies at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel-Aviv University. His research interests include spatialities of power; contested and shared urban spaces; and settler colonialism in Israel-Palestine. The title of his recently published co-authored book, with Marcelo Svirsky, is From Shared Life to Co-Resistance in Historic Palestine (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017).
Ronnen is also active with different organizations, especially with regard to issues of human rights and spatial planning.

Yahli Shereshevsky 1Yahli Shereshevsky is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. He is an international lawyer and his research focuses mainly on international humanitarian law, international lawmaking, the use of force and international criminal law.
Recently he was a Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School. During his doctoral studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he was a Hans-Guth Dreyfus Fellow for Conflict Resolution and the Law and was enrolled in the Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship Program. He received the Hebrew University President’s Scholarship and was a Kretzmer fellow at the Minerva Center for Human Rights. Yahli holds an LLB in Law and the “Amirim” Interdisciplinary Honors Program for Outstanding Students (2009, summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University. He clerked for the Honorable Deputy Chief Justice Eliezer Rivlin of the Supreme Court of Israel and served as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). His work has been published or is forthcoming, inter alia, in the Berkley Journal of International Law, the Michigan Journal of International law, the European Journal of International Law and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Anna EvangelidiAnna Evangelidi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions and at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy, University of Haifa. Her postdoctoral research will extend her doctoral thesis’ insights into UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) by focusing on the rise of cyberspace as an increasingly prominent means and method of warfare. Anna holds a Law Degree (LLB Hons) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an LLM degree in International Law from the University of Bristol, UK, and has recently completed her PhD studies at the City Law School, London, UK. During her doctoral studies, she taught International Humanitarian Law (IHL), European Union law and constitutional law. After obtaining her LLM, she worked as a legal consultant with the Chambers at the International Criminal Court, The Hague. Anna is a qualified lawyer in Greece and member of the Thessaloniki Bar (Greece). Her research areas and interests include the legal and ethical dilemmas generated by new weapon technologies; LOAC/IHL; international law and the use of force; international criminal law; international law and human rights; and international dispute settlement.

Idit Shafran Gittleman-1Idit Shafran Gittleman is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow with the ERC-funded Global Trust Project at Tel Aviv University. Idit is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute and holds a BA and MA in Philosophy. Her dissertation, which was written under the supervision of Prof. Yitzhak Benbaji, is entitled Partiality in War. She is currently an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya.

Jian JiangJian Jiang is a Ph.D research fellow at the Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. His project focuses on the issue of software vulnerabilities and cybersecurity, applying the analytical methods of law and economics. Jian’s academic background is law and economics. He graduated in law from the University of Bonn (LL.M., 2010) and holds another master’s degree of business administration specializing in finance (MBA, 2008). His previous professional experience includes roles as a scientific staff, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; as a business analyst, Siemens Energy; and as a regional manager of Shanghai, China Mobile. Jian’s research interests cover interdisciplinary areas like high-technology and cybersecurity, financial law and regulation, and regulations on network industries such as energy and telecom.

Emil Israel pictEmil Israel was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center in 2017-18. He is is an urban planner, geographer and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. Emil explores diverse aspects of space and society. Emil’s research interests include issues of spatiality, social justice, inequality and poverty, as well as issues that concentrate on suburbanization, social distinction, and on immigration and globalization. Before arriving at the Technion, Emil was a researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Technion Israel. There he explored core-periphery inequalities, concentrating on themes of regional development. Emil completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Magna Cum Laude), specializing in Geography and Political Science. He holds a PhD from the Technion (2013). Emil conducted post-doctoral studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), in MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as in the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, in the University of Haifa, Haifa. In this recent study he explores stakeholder engagement and participation mechanisms for earthquakes' preparedness (as well as for other large-scale disasters), focusing in peripheral local authorities in Israel.

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Denard Veshi was a PhD fellow with the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions between 2015-2018. His research areas include comparative law, medical law, refugee law and he is specialized in interdisciplinary research. He was previously a Teaching-Assistant at University of Bologna, School of Economics. Denard holds a M.Sc. (cum Laude) from University of Bologna, School of Law and M.A. in Insurance and Welfare Law from LIUC University. In addition, he was awarded with a doctor title from the Joint Doctoral Joint International Doctoral Degree in “Law, Science and Technology”. 

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Maya Mark-1Maya Mark was a post-doctoral fellow in the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2016-2018. Maya conducted an interdisciplinary project of law and history which examined the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance as a case study for the rule of law under extreme conditions.

Maya obtained her LLB (magna cum laude) and LLM (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. Her doctoral research, conducted under the guidance of Justice Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez and Prof. Arie Naor, deals with Menachem Begin's world view of law and regime.  Maya was an intern at the Supreme Court (the chamber of Justice M. Naor) and a senior clerk for Justice E. Hayut. She is currently a lecturer at The Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University.

David VitaleDavid Vitale was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2017-18. In his research, David seeks to use the concept of political trust as a means of analyzing and evaluating the protection of social rights by the state. He does so by drawing upon, and importing into social rights law, ideas from political theory, philosophy, sociology and psychology. At the Minerva Center, David’s work will focus on questions of political trust and social rights protection in the specific context of socioeconomic crises.

David holds an LLM (Legal Theory) from New York University (NYU), an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and in September 2017, submitted his thesis towards a PhD in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Additionally, David holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto (BSc (Hons)).

Previously, David has served as a judicial clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Israel, has conducted research with the Center for Constitutional Transitions, and has worked as a research assistant to various professors at LSE, NYU, Osgoode and the American University in Cairo.


A. Nurit McBride was a PhD research fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2014-2017; with Prof. Deborah Shmueli and Prof. Nurit Kliot serving as her advisers. Mrs McBride’s dissertation considers the efficacy of International Refugee Law in the Developing World through an examination of Protracted Refugee Situations in Kenya, the DRC, Thailand, and Pakistan. Nurit received a MSc. in Desert Studies with a specialisation in Environmental Studies from the Albert Katz International School at Ben Gurion University. She also holds B.As in International Affairs & Diplomacy and Political Science. Mrs McBride has worked in the field for several international refugee and development programs, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia before deciding to continue her studies at the Center. Along with her research, Nurit serves as an adviser and board of directors member for several charities advocating for asylum seekers in Israel. 

Myriam-FeinbergMyriam Feinberg was a postdoctoral fellow with the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions between 2015-2017. Her research areas include counterterrorism, international organisations, national security, conflicts of sovereignty, and extraordinary renditions. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow with the ERC-funded Global Trust Project at Tel Aviv University and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, and has been teaching French for the past ten years. Myriam holds a Licence de droit from Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, an LL.M. in international law from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. Her publications include ‘International Counterterrorism – National Security and Human Rights: Conflicts of Norms or Checks and Balances?’ International Journal of Human Rights, Special Issue, Volume 19, Number 4, 2015 and International Organizations and Counterterrorism: Conflicts of Sovereignty, (Brill Publishers, monograph forthcoming 2016). Publication list

Rivka Brot-1Rivka Brot was a post-doctoral fellow in the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law and the Geography and Environmental Studies Department between 2015-2017. In her research, she examined issues of law and order at the "Space of Exception", focusing on the administration of law in Jewish Displaced Persons Camps in the American Occupation Zone in Germany (1945-1949). Her doctoral research, written at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, examined the necessary relationship between law and the community it practices in, focusing on legal proceedings against Jews suspected of collaboration with the Nazis, held in Jewish DP camps and in the State of Israel. The dissertation was written under the supervision of Professor Leora Bilsky, faculty of law, Tel Aviv University, and Professor David Myers, former chair, history department UCLA. Rivka holds an LL.B and LL.M (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. During her MA and doctoral studies, Rivka granted several scholarships and awards, among them a scholarship for distinguished LLM and PhD students of the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv University Raoul Wallenberg Prize in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies and Dan David Young Researchers Scholarship Award. Rivka was a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States holocaust Memorial Museum (2011) and a Pozen foundation fellow (2013-2014). Rivka published several articles regarding her research topics. In the year 2015-16 she will teach a seminar, "From Nuremberg to Jerusalem: The Holocaust in the Courtroom", in the Jewish History Department, Haifa University.

Olga Shteiman-2Olga Shteiman was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law under Extreme Condition at the University of Haifa between 2015-2017 and at the Spectroscopy and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Center for Spatial Analysis Research (UHCSISR), Department of Geography and Environmental Studies under the supervision of Prof. Deborah Shmueli and Dr. Anna Brook.

In her research, she examines issues of disaster preparedness among new Immigrants to Israel: Perceptions, attitudes and actual behavior,focusing on the Development of training programs for extreme situations (ES) through changes in attitudes toward authority.  These programs will address the difference between ES in Israel and ES in country of origin, the features of the structure and operation of logistics services and public services and "focus groups" such as older immigrants.

Olga holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the Samara State  University and LL.M in Social Work from the Psychology and Social Work Department at Penza State Pedagogical University named after V.G. Belinsky (Magna cum Laude), as well as B.Sc. in Engineering Robotic and Complexes Systems in the Instrumentation Department  at Penza State Technical University.

Since 2005 Olga is a full member of the Federation of Russian educational psychologists.

During the year 2010-2011 she was a regional coordinator of the International Program «PROJECT HOPE" (USA) in the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.

Olga is a licensed clinical social worker in Israel.

Prior to joining the Minerva Center, Olga served as an Associate Professor, Department of Applied Psychology at Penza State University (1999-2014) and a Lecturer, Associate Professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology at Penza Institute for Further Training and Retraining of Education Workers (Russia).

Also in 2011-2013, She was a researcher, member of the advisory council on health preserving technologies, prevention of alcohol and tobacco abuse at the Penza Regional Institute of Public Health (Russia).

Deborah Housen-Couriel-updated-1Deborah’s Tel Aviv-based law practice focuses on global and Israeli cybersecurity law and regulation. In addition, she is special counsel for cybersecurity law to the New York law firm Zeichner, Ellman & Krause LLP.  Her current work at the global level includes membership in the Advisory Board for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and participation as a Core Expert on the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) project. She was a member of the International Group of Experts that drafted the Tallin 2 manual on state activity in cyberspace; and of the ILA’s Study Group on Cybersecurity, Terrorism and International Law. Deborah also taught as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Exec Ed Program on Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology in 2016. In 2010-11, she co-chaired the National Cyber Initiative’s Policy and Regulation Committee, under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office; and served as a member of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau’s Public Committee on the Cyber Professions. Between 2007- 2014, Deborah was Director of the Wexner Foundation's Israel Fellowship Program, which develops public leadership at the highest levels in Israel and the US together with the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to these positions, Deborah was Director of the Department of Regulation and International Treaties and served in the Director-General’s Bureau of the Israeli Ministry of Communications (1994-2005). She received her B.A. in History and Anthropology summa cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa membership from Wellesley College and the École de Sciences Politiques in Paris; her LL.B. and LL.M (cum laude) from Hebrew University; and an MC-MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Foundation Fellow in 2000-2001. 

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Yaniv Roznai-1Yaniv Roznai was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2015-16. He holds a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an LL.M from LSE (Distinction) in international law and LL.B. and B.A. degrees in Law and Government from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya (Magna cum Laude).In 2013, he was a visiting student research collaborator at the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), Princeton University.

Prior to joining the Minerva Center, Yaniv served as a lecturer of comparative legal systems at Bar-Ilan University and of constitutional law at Carmel Academic Center, and a teaching and research assistant in the areas of constitutional and international law. He also served as an intern and a legal assistant in the Knesset’s (Israeli Parliament) legal department. Yaniv is a member of the Israeli Bar, the Israeli Public Law Association and the International Society of Public Law.

Yaniv’s scholarship focuses on constitutional and international law. His publications appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Comparative Law, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, International Journal of Constitutional Law,Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law; Wisconsin International Law Journal; Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal,Human Rights & Globalization Law Review, The California International Law Journal, and Stanford Law & Policy Review. His articles can be accessed here. Yaniv’s work was presented in numerous universities such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford,Cornell, Indiana, Washington University St. Louis,Queen Mary University, LSE, andEdinburgh. He was awarded with several scholarships and awards, such as the 2012-2014 Modern Law Review Scholarship, 2010-2013 LSE PhD Scholarship; 2010 California Bar International Law Section Annual Student Writing Competition, and 2006 IDC Annual Student Paper Competition.

In 2014, Yaniv was awarded the thesis prize of the European Group of Public Law (EGPL), which is awarded on an annual basis to the best doctoral public law thesis characterized by its European dimension. 

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Ehud Segal-1Ehud Segal coordinated the research on earthquake preparedness and response at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2015-2017. Ehud is an advanced PhD student at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University. His dissertation is on accumulating policy changes demonstrated and analyzed through air pollution and road safety governmental policies in Israel. Ehud is also part of a research team devising a policy package for strengthening apartment buildings in the periphery of Israel against earthquakes. Ehud is an independent policy analyst and has prepared policy analyses and research in various fields including governmental HRM, environmental policy and road safety policy. He has master's degree (magna cum laude) in public policy from the Hebrew University.

SuhaSuha Jubran-Ballan was a post-doctoral fellow in the the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa in 2014-2016. In her research she focused on the implications of economic crises on the international obligations of states in the era of bilateral investment treaties. She also worked as an adjunct lecturer at Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann Faculty of Law. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Buchmann Faculty of Law under the supervision of Prof. Eyal Benvenisti. Her dissertation examined the judicial reasoning of investment treaty arbitration and identifies different patterns of judicial reasoning according to the institutional arrangements of the arbitral panel. Suha holds an LL.B (cum laude) from Haifa University and LL.M (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. In the year 2012 Suha was granted the scholarship of the Counsel for Higher Education in Israel for minority Doctorial students. During her LLM studies she was granted a scholarship for distinguished LLM students of the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, and a scholarship of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Law. During her Doctorial studies she organized a workshop for research students on Legal Theory and is member of the forum for Law, Corporations and the Transnational Sphere in Tel-Aviv University. During the academic year 2010-2011 she was an academic coordinator of the course “Theoretical Approaches of Law” for L.L.M students at the Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University.

Olga FrishmanOlga Frishman was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law under Extreme Condition in 2015. She also taught the course “Contemporary Issues in Israel” at the Bonita Trust International LL.M. Program at Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law. Recently, she was a Golda Meir/Lady Davis post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University, Faculty of Law. Olga was also a researcher at the ERC-funded Global Trust Project at Tel Aviv University and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. Olga holds a Ph.D. (at the direct program towards a Ph.D. in Law) from the Zvi Meitar Centre for Advanced Legal Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation, titled “Courts ant their Audiences: Organisational Identity, Organisational Images, Intended Images, and Institutional Isomorphism” was written under the supervision of Professor Eyal Benvenisti. She received her LL.B. (summa cum laude, 1st in class) and her B.A. (magna cum laude) in the field of management from Tel Aviv University as part of the Tel Aviv University Adi Lautman Monodisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence. Olga clerked for Justice Asher Grunis at the Supreme Court of Israel. In 2013, Olga co-organized the “Law in Changing Transntational World” workshop, the first international workshop for young scholars at the Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law. She also co-organized the Theory and Philosophy of Law doctoral workshop. She had served as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses. Olga received the “Abba Even Scholarship for Diplomacy and International law” as well as the “Law, Transnational Space and Human Rights” research grant from the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law.

GuyGuy Lurie was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2013-15. Dr. Lurie received his PhD in History from Georgetown University (2013), to which he went with the aid of the Foreign Fulbright Doctorate Fellowship. Before going to Georgetown he completed his LLB (law and international relations) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as the coordinator of a governmental commission headed by a former Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court, Justice Meir Shamgar. Dr. Lurie’s doctoral dissertation focused on citizenship in later medieval France (c. 1370 – c. 1480). Dr. Lurie also serves in the research staff of the Israel Democracy Institute. His publications are in the fields of French history, history of law, history of political thought, judicial reforms and the Israeli prosecution.

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Sigall Horovitz-1Sigall Horovitz was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2014-15. Her research areas include transitional justice and international criminal law, with a special focus on Africa and Israel-Palestine. Dr. Horovitz holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University (LL.M.2003,with honors), and a Doctor of Laws from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.D. 2014). Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on national reconciliation in Rwanda. It forms part of the larger ERC-funded research on the Effectiveness of International Courts. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Horovitz worked for the UN as a legal advisor at the ICTR (in Tanzania) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (in Sierra Leone and The Hague). 

Dr. Horovitz directs university projects on transitional justice, and she initiated the transitional justice programs at both Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also develops and teaches courses on transitional justice and on election and party law. Dr. Horovitz is a recipient of the Arthur Helton Fellowship of the American Society of International Law (2013), the Rabin Scholarship of the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013-2014), and the Vodoz Prize of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2012). She is a member of the New York and Israeli Bar Associations, and a founding member of ALMA - the Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law.

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Michal Saliternik-1Dr. Michal Saliternik was a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2014-15. She also serves as a post-doctoral fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Saliternik received her Ph.D. from the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law Direct Ph.D. Program in 2014. Her dissertation, which was written under the supervision of Prof. Eyal Benvenisti, is entitled The International Regulation of Peacemaking. Prior to joining the Minerva Center she was a research fellow at the Hauser Global Fellows Program at the New York University School of Law. Dr. Saliternik’s main research interests are international law, constitutional law, administrative law, economic analysis of public law, political theory, negotiation theory, conflict resolution, and post-conflict transitions. Her research project at the Minerva Center focuses on the responsibilities of international aid providers. Her publications include: “Reducing the Price of Peace: The Human Rights Responsibilities of Third Party Facilitators”, 47 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (forthcoming 2015), and “The Treatment of Occupation Legislation by Courts in Liberated Territories” (with Eyal Benvenisti), in Edda Kristjánsdóttir, Andre Nollkaemper and Cedric Ryngaert (eds.),International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict States(2012).

Anat-1Anat Cabili was a research coordinator at the Center in 2013-14. Anat is a mediator, attorney, consultant and instructor on collaborative governance and public participation. She recently returned from the US with her family, after living there for six years. She was a Visiting Researcher at the MIT-Harvard Program on Public Disputes during 2007, and a member of the Harvard Mediation Program in 2007-2008. During 2008-2012 she co-led Creighton University’s Public Issues Collaboration Program which mission was to raise awareness and increase the use of collaborative governance and alternative dispute resolution processes in Nebraska and its neighboring states. She was also an instructor at the Werner Institute for Dispute Resolution at Creighton University. Before moving to the US she served as a Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, where she coordinated and supervised various high-scale legal and policy projects, among them the drafting of the Law on the Implementation of the Disengagement from Gaza.

Shira Meir-1Shira Meir was a research assistant at the center in 2015-2016, working on Cyber issues. She is a fourth-year student at the Law faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her academic majors are criminal law and philosophy. In addition, she was a TA at the Law faculty in Hebrew University for the Jurisprudence course, and will begin her legal internship in criminal law in the public sector this academic year. 

Aurelie AmidanAurelie Amidan is a former research assistant at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, researching international cyber law and regulation. Prior to her work at the Minerva Center, Aurelie served as a Duty Officer at the Situation Room under the Prime Minister’s Office’s National Cyber Bureau (2012-2014). At the NCB she was in charge of cyber crisis control, working with the Intelligence and Security community and taking part in shaping the NCSR and its practices.During her military service she was an officer in the 8200 intelligence unit. Aurelie holds a Cum Laude double undergraduate degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Accounting from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2012-2015).

Ilana1Ilana Gimpelson was a research assistant at the Center in 2013-15. She completed her law studies at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, as part of The Academic Atuda (Israeli version on ROTC) of the IDF (2013) and was a member of the editorial board of Haifa Law Review.

Ido Lachman-1Ido Lachman was a research assistant at the Center in 2013-15. He is a third-year law student at Haifa University Faculty of Law. He is a member of the editorial staff Mishpat U' Mimshal, Haifa Law Faculty law review, and member of the "Sea Resources & Law", Haifa Law Faculty law clinic. Recently he began working as a pre-intern at a Law-firm dealing with Commercial Agreement and family law.