Aharon Barak

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Education

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

Biography

Aharon Barak is the Head of Olga Radzyner Research Chair at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. He was president of the Supreme Court of Israel from 1995 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Israel (1978–95), as the attorney general of Israel (1975–78), and as the dean of the law faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

From 1970 to 1972, he taught at New York University School of Law, during which time he participated, by invitation of the UN, in the preparation of an international treaty on bills of exchange.

Barak has served as chairman of various public commissions, including the Public Commission for the New Law on Government Corporations, for Credit Cards, for the Law of Corporations, and for the Codification of Civil Law. He has published many books and articles about law and has received various awards such as the Israel Prize for Law and Zeltner Prize.

Barak is a member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences, was chosen as a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has honorary doctorates from many institutions of higher education in Israel and abroad. He has been a faculty member at the IDC since 2007.