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Ruth GAVISON Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


1969 Hebrew University, Jerusalem: LLB, cum laude (first student in class)
from 1969 teaching appointments, Faculty of Law, HU
1970 Hebrew University, Jerusalem: BA, Philosophy and Economics
Clerk to Justice B. Halevi, Israel Supreme Court
1971 Hebrew University, Jerusalem: LLM, summa cum laude
Admitted to the Israeli Bar
1975 Oxford, England: D.Phil (legal Philosophy)
1978-1980 Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School
from 1984 Incumbent, Haim H. Cohn Chair for Human Rights, HU
from 1990 Full Professor, Faculty of Law, HU
1990-1991 Visiting Professor of Law, USC, LA
1998-1999 Fellow, Center for Human Values, Princeton University


Member, academic committee, Mishkenot Shaananim, since 1994
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), President, 1996-1999
Member, International Commission of Jurists, since 1997
Senior Consultant to the constitutional process in the Knesset, since 2005


Israel: A Jewish and Democratic State, Van Leer and Hakibutz Hameuhad, 1999 (Heb)
The Jewish-Arab Rift in Israel, 1999 (IDI, Heb)
Judicial Activism For and Against: The Role of The Supreme Court in Israeli Society Magnes Press, 2000 (Heb)
Foundations to A New Covenant on State and Religion Issues in Israel, Hebrew, 2003 (Hebrew and English short versions available at
Constitutional protection of Human Rights, forthcoming  2005 (Heb)


Avi-Hai prize for the New Covenant Between Secular and religious Jews (with R. Medan), 2001
The Jerusalem Toleration Award, 2002
Toleration Association Award (with R. Medan), 2002
E.M.E.T prize in Law, 2003