|20 February, 2013 |
| Supreme Court Deputy-President Eliezer Rivlin (ret.) Joins Hebrew University Faculty of Law |
| Prof. Eliezer Rivlin (Photo: public domain via Wikimedia Commons) |
Eliezer Rivlin, former justice and deputy-president of the Supreme Court of Israel, has joined the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Law as a professor.
Dean of the Faculty of Law Prof. Yuval Shany said, ''The addition of Justice Rivlin will contribute greatly to our Faculty’s research and pedagogy and will further enhance our Faculty’s prestige. I congratulate our new colleague and look forward to a successful and fruitful cooperation.''
Hailed as a champion of freedom of speech, Justice Rivlin marked his 70th birthday last May by stepping down after six years on the bench of the Supreme Court. During his years as a judge, he contributed greatly to the development of various aspects of the law, among them civil and tort law, public law and freedom of expression, and private international law. He wrote the essential text about compensation for victims of road accidents in Israel, along with many juristic articles.
Prof. Rivlin serves as the world president of the International Organization for Judicial Training, which has 107 members from 67 countries from all over the world. He chaired the Israeli Central Election Committee for the 18th Israeli legislative election, where he was in charge of hundreds of employees. The President of the State of Israel described the operation as ''an efficient mission that was carried properly, respectfully, in a way that any democracy would be proud of.''
Justice Rivlin holds a bachelor degree in law from the Hebrew University and advanced degrees from Tel Aviv University and Temple University in Philadelphia. For many years he was an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University and in other academic institutions in Israel, as well as a researcher and guest lecturer in prestigious institutions abroad, such as the law schools of Harvard University, Columbia University, University of California - Berkeley, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.
The president of the Hebrew University, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, said, ''The Hebrew University is proud of its teaching faculty, which is second to none. Our students learn from those who create the knowledge and are at the forefront of their fields. Justice Rivlin spent 36 years on the bench, produced countless rulings and led significant judicial processes. In joining the Faculty of Law he will enrich the entire University community and will contribute to the Israeli justice system.''