Aharon Barak

Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2016)

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 626
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-2885

Assistant Info

Name: Gerlyne Paul
Phone: 212-854-1605
Email: gpaul@law.columbia.edu


  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Doctorate in Law (Honors), 1963
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Masters in Law, 1958


Aharon Barak has been a faculty member at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya since 2007.

Born in Kaunus, Lithuania, he immigrated to Israel in 1947. He served for many years as a faculty member at the law School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, serving as its dean from 1974 to 1975.

From 1975 to 1978, Barak was attorney general of the State of Israel. In 1978, he was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, serving as president from August 1995 until his retirement in September 2006.

Barak has published many books and articles. His English books include: Judicial Discretion (1987), The Role of a Judge in a Democracy (2003), Purposive Interpretation in Law (2005), Proportionality: Constitutional Rights and their Limitations (2012), and Human Dignity: The Constitutional Value and the Constitutional Right (2015).

Previously, Barak has served as a visiting professor at Yale Law School. He is a member of the Israeli National Academy of Science and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Italy, and was chosen as a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the Israel Prize for Law and honorary doctorates from many institutions of higher education including Yale, Columbia, Bologna, Oxford and Michigan.