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 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

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 image

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.


Tene Omer image

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 image

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).

 

Applications for Visiting Scholars Program 

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society invites applications for visiting scholars for 2013-14 and 2014-2015. There is no deadline for applications at this time and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Institute will also consider applications for periods of time that vary from one month duration to the full academic year. 

 

Application Requirements  

  1. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae.  
  2. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Institute.  
  3. Applicants must submit a letter describing their proposed program of research or study.   
  4. Applicants must indicate their source of funding while visiting Berkeley, e.g. sabbatical pay, scholarship, government funding, personal funds, etc. Visiting scholars may be subject to administrative or visa fees.  

Among the benefits of being a visiting scholar at the Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society are: library privileges at the Law School and at all campus libraries; invitation to our monthly Israel studies colloquium; scholarly exchanges; UCB campus privileges, such as athletic facilities and permission to audit classes; and, when possible, assignment to shared or other office space and use of computer, internet, and other facilities.  

Please submit your application by email to dbeinisch@law.berkeley.edu, or by postal mail to:       

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society            
Rebecca Golbert, Executive Director
            
UC Berkeley School of Law
             
472 Boatl Hall         
Berkeley CA 94720-7200