Visiting Scholars

Each year the Berkeley Institute hosts a number of Visiting Scholars. Through the Visiting Scholar Program, the Institute supports current scholarship and promotes collaboration between UC Berkeley and other Israeli and U.S. academic institutions. The Visiting Scholars Program is one of the Institute’s most important initiatives, enriching current scholarship and promoting collaboration between UC Berkeley and Israeli academic institutions.

Visiting Scholars 2014-2015

Ori Aronson
Dr. Ori Aronson is an Assistant Professor at the Bar-Ilan Faculty of Law, where is is also a founding member of the Center for Democratic and Jewish Law. Ori recieved an LL.B from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and LL.M and S.J.D degrees from Harvard Law School. He has also served as a law clerk to Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice, Aharon Barak, as well as to Judge Jon O. Newman (United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit). 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. While in Berkeley, he will continue his research in the complex set of questions that arise out of the design of democratic institutions.

Maya Benish-Weisman
Dr. Maya Benish-Weisman is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa. She received her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychology Department at the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. Her academic research focuses on how context affects people, especially children and their development. Specifically, she researches the psychological effect of context change including traveling between contexts such as in case of immigration or negotiation between contexts like for minorities. She currently leads a longitudinal study about the relationship between values and social behavior among adolescents in educational context. She will hold a joint visiting scholar appointment with the Berkeley Institute and the School of Education at Berkeley..

Leron Dean-Fishhendler
Leron Dean is a doctoral candidate at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research topics are food policies to promote healthy diet and she will have a joint appointment with the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. Leron received her Master’s Degree in environmental studies and biology at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem. Prior to starting her PhD Leron worked for seven years at the Ministry of Environmental Protection dealing with issues of biodiversity and the delicate interface between conservation and development while planning in rural areas. Her current research focuses on if, how and why health considerations are incorporated into food policy.

Shay Hazkani
Shay Hazkani is a doctoral candidate in the joint program of the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Department of History at New York University (NYU). Originally from Israel, Shay received his Master’s Degree in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and his B.A in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on subaltern and socio-cultural history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prior to starting his Masters, Shay worked for seven years as a West Bank correspondent and as a war correspondent for Israeli radio and television, where he covered the Second Intifada, the 2005 Israeli pull-out from Gaza and the 2006 war in Lebanon. Besides reporting on the daily clashes, Shay took special interest in human rights issues and the Israeli settler movement. Shay was also a visiting scholar during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Patricia Munro
Dr. Patricia Munro holds a doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Her work examines the role of the synagogue in mediating changes in American Jewish practice and belief. Her dissertation, “What if I Drop the Torah?”: Tensions and Resolutions in Accomplishing B’nai Mitzvah Rituals, provides an example of how the synagogue, as an explicitly Jewish space where Jewish practice and belief are reproduced and interpreted, is also the place where congregational leaders and lay members negotiate issues of Jewish policy. Munro’s research is centered in the culturally diverse and Jewishly diffuse Bay Area. From this base, her current research includes examining Bay Area Jewish pluralism from several perspectives and developing a longitudinal study that investigates the role of synagogue affiliation in shaping Jewish knowledge, practice, and identity.

Hila Shamir
Dr. Hila Shamir is an Associate Profesor at the Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. She has also served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School and as  Lecturer for the Harvard University Department of Government. She also served as a law clerk to Israeli Supreme Court Justice, Eliyahu Mazza.  Dr. Shamir recieved her LL.B from the Tel Aviv School of Law, and her LL.M and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard. She has studied the divison of law between the family, the market, and the state and the distributive effects of various institutional arrangements on gender and class inequality. Dr. Shamir will be researching for a book project about the 'Law of Care,' which will be a comparative study between Israel, the United States, and Austrailia. She will be exploring the regulation of (traditionally) women's paid and unpaid care work. She hopes to reveal the similarities and variations that exist between the threee states and the potential for market-based provision of welfare in the age of globalization. 

Adi Youcht
Adi Youcht is a Doctoral Candidate at the Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, where she also received her LL.M, LL.B, and BA. As a Doctoral Candidate, she has served as a Research Fellow at the Edmond S. Safra Center for Ethics. Adi will be studying the effects of circumcision regulation outside of Israel in comparison to Israel's non-regulation policies. She will be exploring the relationship between the Jewish-Muslim coalition regarding circumsion in Israel and the effects that circumcision policies have had on international and translational law. Adi has also been a visiting scholar at the Columbia School of Law and McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.

Visiting Scholars 2013-2014

Shay Hazkani

Shay Hazkani is a doctoral candidate in the joint program of the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Department of History at New York University (NYU). Originally from Israel, Shay received his Master’s Degree in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and his B.A in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on subaltern and socio-cultural history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prior to starting his Masters, Shay worked for seven years as a West Bank correspondent and as a war correspondent for Israeli radio and television, where he covered the Second Intifada, the 2005 Israeli pull-out from Gaza and the 2006 war in Lebanon. Besides reporting on the daily clashes, Shay took special interest in human rights issues and the Israeli settler movement.

Osnat Grady-Schwartz

Osnat Grady-Schwartz is a PhD candidate in the faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation examines the growing visibility of international law in domestic courts' decisions, and its relation to the global expansion of judicial power, from both a macro-level (courts as institutions) and a micro-level (individual judges as the decision-makers) perspective. Her research is interdisciplinary, encompassing several theories of international law and international relations, and also combines traditional legal methodology with empirical legal studies. While at the Institute, Osnat will primarily study the impact of international human rights law on Israel's constitutional revolution. This will be Osnat's second year with the Institute, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar.

Meirav Mishali-Ram

Dr. Meirav Mishali-Ram is a lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University. She received her Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University in 2004. Her dissertation, guided by Prof. Michael Brecher from McGill University, focused on international crises in the Arab-Israel and the India-Pakistan protracted conflicts. She did her Post-Doctorate with Prof. Jonathan Wilkenfeld at the University of Maryland. She is a research fellow in the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), in Herzliya, and has long been a research associate of the International Crisis Behavior (ICB) Project.

She is an author of several journal articles in international relations, and her main fields of interest are ethnic conflict, regional studies and civil war, applied in worldwide conflicts. Currently her research focuses on the sub-national and transnational dimensions of the conflicts in South Asia, mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Visiting Scholars 2012-2013

Omer Dekel

Omer Dekel is a Senior Lecturer at the Academic Center of Law & Business in Israel and the former Dean of the Academic Center's Law School. In addition to his work at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society, Omer is also a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. During his visit he will continue his research on the connection between Cognitive Psychology, Economics, and Law in the scope of government procurement.

 

Omer Tene

Omer Tene is an Associate Professor at the College of Management School of Law, Rishon Le Zion, Israel and a Visiting Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. He is also Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society; Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum; and Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology. He has published numerous articles about privacy and data protection. He is Managing Director of Tene & Associates, where he consults the Israeli government, data protection authority and private sector businesses ranging from technology start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in the financial, health, telecom, mobile and online industries on privacy, data protection and law and technology issues. He is a graduate of the JSD and LL.M. programs at NYU School of Law and received an MBA degree from INSEAD as well as LL.M. and LL.B. degrees from Tel Aviv University.

 

2012-2013 Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Osnat Grady-Schwartz

Osnat Grady-Schwartz is a PhD candidate in the faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation examines the growing visibility of international law in domestic courts' decisions, and its relation to the global expansion of judicial power, from both a macro-level (courts as institutions) and a micro-level (individual judges as the decision-makers) perspective. Her research is interdisciplinary, encompassing several theories of international law and international relations, and also combines traditional legal methodology with empirical legal studies. While at the Institute, Osnat will primarily study the impact of international human rights law on Israel's constitutional revolution.

Visiting Scholars- Fall 2011

Raphael (Rafi) Bitton is PhD. Candidate, Zvi Meitar Center of Advanced Legal Studies, Tel-Aviv University Law School. His research is titled: “Justifying Espionage - On the Law & Ethics of Justifying Human Intelligence”. While at the Institute he will focus on issues of law and national security and will also work on a research that explores the questions of law, Science & Faith.

Dr. Yaad Rotem is Assistant Professor at the Center of Law & Business in Ramat Gan, Israel; and serves there as the Academic Director of the Business Law Program. In Berkeley Yaad is also a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. During his visit he will continue to work on his research which is mainly focused on corporate bankruptcy law, and the conflict of laws (private international law).