|07 August, 2012 |
| New dean elected to Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law |
| Incoming dean Prof. Yuval Shany |
Prof. Yuval Shany has been elected the new dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will begin his term in office on October 1, 2012, replacing the current dean, Prof. Barak Medina.
Specializing in international law, human rights and the laws of war, Prof. Shany has served as the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law and as the Academic Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights.
Prof. Shany graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University in 1995. He obtained a master’s degree in international legal studies from New York University in 1997 and a doctorate in international law from the University of London in 2001.
In recent years, Prof. Shany was a visiting researcher at Harvard University, Amsterdam University and the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, and a visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Columbia University, Georgetown University and the University of Michigan. In 2008 he won a prestigious grant of one million euros from the European Research Council. He currently serves as one of the directors of a research project about international tribunals.
Prof. Shany said, ''As dean, I intend to preserve and strengthen the standing of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law as a leading faculty in legal and judicial research in Israel and abroad. In addition to our excellent programs in Hebrew, I will work to expand the curricula of our advanced degrees in English that are designed to train senior Israeli jurists to function in global professional and academic environments. I will work make our Faculty a sought-after destination among outstanding students and researchers from around the world, and I will act to promote the integration of under-represented populations in the Faculty, such as Orthodox, new immigrants, Arab women and the like—all while maintaining the high academic standards that characterize the Faculty.”
Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson thanked the outgoing dean for his service and congratulated the incoming dean on assuming her new role.
About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. Opened in 1925, the Hebrew University is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot. The Hebrew University serves more than 23,000 students from over 65 countries, and is consistently ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide. Forty percent of Israel’s civilian research emerges from the Hebrew University, which has been ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal in the last decade.