Research Centers and Institutes

The Institute for Law and Philanthropy
Head of Institute: Prof. Yoram Margalioth
Executive Director: Adv. Galia Feit

The Law and Philanthropy Institute’s mission is to help integrate philanthropy into Israel’s socio-economic policy and thus support the country’s philanthropic sector in its quest to foster a more prosperous and equitable society. It will achieve this through the following activities:

  • Promoting and conducting advanced, applied, interdisciplinary research.
  • Disseminating findings via high-quality academic publications and policy papers.
  • Training the next generation of law students and legal practitioners as specialists in philanthropy law and as agents of social change.

Recognizing the value of candid dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the philanthropy field, the Institute will hold a series of events each year, among them round-table and working-group discussions, aimed at maximizing the Institute’s ability to formulate well-informed optimal philanthropy-related policies.

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Director: Prof. Shai Lavi
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University is dedicated to promoting the interdisciplinary study of ethics. Research at the Center focuses on the study of ethics not merely as abstract norms but in their social, cultural, and institutional contexts. The Center enhances the study of ethics by integrating insights from law and philosophy – which have traditionally focused on ethics – with knowledge and insight from other disciplines including medicine and the life sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

The core of the Center’s activity is the Research Fellows program comprised of doctorate and post-doctorate students with senior lectures and scholars in residence. The leading research project at the Center during the years 2012-2015 will be “Science, Ethics and Democracy”.

Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law
Director : Prof. Sharon Hannes
Administrative Coordinator: Ms. Aya Shalom
The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law is named in honor of Dr. Wolf Cegla. Its various activities, and in particular its journal Theoretical Inquiries in Law, are devoted to the application of insights on law developed in diverse disciplines such as political theory, philosophy, economics, sociology and history. The Center strives to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to the research of the complex interrelationships between law, society and individuals, and to provide a forum for discussion among all those who have an interest in looking at law from more than a single theoretical perspective. In addition to the publication of Theoretical Inquiries in Law, the Center organizes international conferences and symposia, brings visiting scholars from abroad, supports law faculty seminars and workshops, awards fellowships and grants to researchers, and sends student delegations to universities and research institutes abroad.

The David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History
Director : Prof. Assaf Likhovski  
Administrative Director: Ms. Seffi weintraub
The David Berg Institute for Law and History was established in 2009 thanks to a generous donation from the David Berg Foundation of New York. Its mission is to advance research in legal history by developing the basis for legal historical research, encouraging the teaching of courses in the field, providing scholarships for graduate students and funding for researchers, and holding conferences and other academic events. The Buchman Faculty of Law is a leader in law and history in Israel and the world, with a singularly large group of researchers, much of whose research activity is in the field of law and history. The Faculty is home to the Yigal Arnon & Co. Legal History Workshop, the first of its kind in Israel. Over the years, the Faculty has hosted a range of Israeli and international conferences and academic events. A variety of books and journals on topics central to the field were published.  

Minerva Center for Human Rights
Director : Prof. Leora Bilsky
Administrative Coordinator: Ms. Dana Magen
The Minerva Center for Human Rights was established in January 1997 as a joint center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, with the support of the Minerva Foundation Company for Research Ltd. in Germany. Since its establishment, the Minerva Center for Human Rights in Israel has served an important function in developing research and discourse in the field of human rights. The Center serves as an academic framework for interdisciplinary research and the study of human rights, promotes scholarly exchange among Israeli and international academics, and fosters academic cooperation between Germany and Israel. It also serves as a resource center for Non-Governmental Organizations, state-officials, lawyers and judges who seek information and critical reflection on topics related to human rights. It ensure that the protection and fulfillment of human rights in Israel is constantly on the academic and public tables. The Minerva Center engages in a broad range of activities, including financial and logistic support for research, conferences and workshops on human rights. The Center also serves as a focal poit that links between academics and the agents in the field of human rights, underscoring the inter-related nature of academic inquiry and the knowledge derived from the actual practice of human rights. The Tel-Aviv branch of the Minerva Center for Human Rights works together with the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law and the Clinical Legal Education Programs, both situated within the faculty. The Minerva Center is part of the faculty's assembly of research institutions, as well as an integral part of the faculty's commitment to contribute to the community.  

Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Managing Director: Ms. Yael Shahaf, Adv.
The Institute for Continuing Legal Education at Tel-Aviv University's Buchman Faculty of Law is dedicated to enabling the community of lawyers to deepen their knowledge, update it, or specialize in the various fields of law, under the finest lecturers in and outside of academe. The Institute is part of the Faculty of Law, in the framework of advanced studies for lawyers.The course topics and curricula have been diligently examined and constructed, combining knowledge from both academe and practice in order to deliver the most updated and comprehensive information by means of the finest experts in the field. Each year the Institute offers in-depth supplementary courses in a variety of legal fields, covering legal innovations in all of the community of lawyers' primary spheres of interest. There are two rounds of courses, in winter (October-January) and spring (February-May). Course graduates are entitled to receive a participant's certificate from the Institute Additionally, as part of its activity aimed at a wider audience, the Institute holds the "Law and Book Club" series, which is coordinated by Prof. Nili Cohen. Highly successful, the series includes seven meetings, in each of which a writer and a jurist debate a certain topic, each from their own point of view. In 2006-2007 the meetings were devoted to observing the components of Israeliness, as reflected in literature and in law. All information on the courses, lecturers, one-day seminars and vacation courses, as well as details regarding registration, including on-line submittal of registration forms, is available at the Institute's website:http://www.tau.ac.il/law/legalstu.It is possible to register for courses by telephone to the Institute's office, 03-6408717, by fax, 03-6409150, or by sending the electronic registration form to legalstu@post.tau.ac.il.

Clinical Legal Education Programs
Director: Prof. Neta Ziv
Administrative Coordinator: Ms. Puterman Nirit
The clinics' website
We at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law believe that the legal community - lawyers, judges, scholars and students - carries a specific and heightened responsibility to pursue equality and justice in law, and to advance human rights. In order to enhance the involvement of the Israeli legal community in the advancement of social and legal justice, the Tel-Aviv Faculty of law has established the Clinical Legal Education Programs.
The programs seek to promote throughout the law school a legal culture dedicated to social justice. This unique combination enriches academic scholarship and legal practice.
Our clinics are the most innovative, comprehensive and compelling among all such programs in Israel. We engage faculty members, clinical lawyers and approximately 150 law students a year in a variety of programs that serve the most needy and disadvantaged groups in Israel. Through our seven clinics we offer our students a unique educational experience, and at the same time provide essential legal services to a number of at risk communities. The clinics’ work also constitutes a valuable resource for research, thus combining all three missions of TAU in one program: experiential teaching (and learning), research and community service. Our students play a central role in meeting clients, analyzing the legal issues, coming up with possible solutions and working with the clients – always under the guidance and supervision of trained lawyers who are employed by the clinic. In addition to the practical work, our faculty members meet with the students once a week to learn, discuss and reflect upon the theoretical and doctrinal aspects of their work. We believe that providing students with opportunities to implement theoretical legal knowledge to better the status of the underprivileged -- the poor, minorities, peoples with disabilities -- will develop and sustain their sensitivity to social and legal injustice throughout their professional career.

Public Intrest Law Program
The Public Interest Law Program (PILP) was established in 2001 with the support of the Ford Foundation for the purpose of developing models for public interest law scholarship and practice in order to promote human rights and social justice, in the belief that these are the fundamental values on which our existence as individuals and a society is predicated. Focusing on the legal track in order to promote these values stems from the nature of legal thinking and practice, which raise ethical and moral issues and are directed towards achieving justice and the fulfillment of rights. Legal work also has a profound and widespread impact as a practice that determines norms, enables the fulfillment of rights, addresses a response to plights and needs, delivers educational messages, reflects social priorities and influences the allocation of resources. Additionally, the modus operandi of social jurisprudence, which stresses partnership with clients and promulgates an approach empowering their ability to represent their own affairs, creates an alternative to the hierarchical reality of power relations, which begets social injustices and inequality.

Taubenschlag Institute of Criminal Law
Director : Dr. Shay Wozner   
Administrative Director: Ms.
Seffi weintraub
The Taubenschlag Institute of Criminal Law is an interdisciplinary
institute dedicated to research in the fields of criminal
law, evidence law and criminal procedure. The institute seeks to
facilitate cooperation between legal scholars and researchers in
other disciplines - including philosophy, sociology, anthropology,
criminology and economics - in an effort to attain a more
comprehensive understanding of criminal law. The institute regularly
hosts international conferences and academic events, dedicated to
contemporary issues of criminal law, both in Israel and around the
world. Among its regular activities the institute hosts the prestigious " Taubenschlag Annual Lecture", the "Author Meets Readers" series, as well as the  "Judges and Academia" round table forum
e-mail: taub@post.tau.ac.il

The Batya and Isachar Fischer Center for Corporate Governance and Capital Markets Regulation
Director:  Prof. Ehud Kamar
Adviser: Prof. Omri Yadlin

The Fischer Center for Corporate Governance and Capital Market Regulation is the first of its kind in Israel. The purpose of the Center is to advance innovative multidisciplinary research in law, finance and business, by attracting top faculty, researchers and students in these fields to TAU and Israel. The Center aims at offering progressive changes in Israel’s corporate structure and management through education and legal-business interaction. The adoption of modern corporate-governance rules will lead to a more enabling, transparent and non-discriminatory environment for domestic and foreign investment. The Center staff will concentrate its research efforts in five vital, interconnected spheres: corporate governance, capital-markets regulation, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and the role of the legal counsel. Prof. Arye Lucian Bebchuk, Professor of Law, Economics and Finance at Harvard Law School and Prof. Omri Yadlin from TAU's Buchmann Faculty of Law, have been chosen to lead the Center.

Law and Environment Program
The Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law’s Law and Environment Program was founded in 2006. Its purpose is to promote the study of environmental law in Israel, and to advance environmental issues at various levels of the legal academy. The Program strives to reach multiple target audiences, both in and out of the academy. The main focus of the Program’s activities is the legal-academic community at TAU as well as at other universities. In addition, the Program works together with other schools, faculties and departments within and without the University. The Program is built upon the success of the Environmental Justice Program, active since 2001 as part of the clinical education program at the Faculty of Law and in cooperation with TAU’s Porter School of Environmental Studies.

GlobalTrust Research Project
Director : Prof. Eyal Benvenisti  
Administrative Coordinator: Ms. Seffi Weintraub
The research project "Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity: The Obligations of Nations in an Era of Global interdependence" ("GlobalTrust") , funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant,is informed by the observation that when setting national policies, states routinely affect foreigners in faraway countriesoften without providing them with adequate opportunities to participate in shaping those policies. The result of this glaring misfit between the scope of the sovereign’s authority and the sphere of the affected stakeholders is negative externalities as well as the loss of potential positive externalities imposed on the un- or under-represented stakeholders, namely outcomes that are often inefficient and unjust, in addition to being undemocratic.
The project sets out to explore some key questions such as:Do states, when they exercise their domestic regulatory functions, have an obligation to take into account the interests of foreign individuals and communities who could be adversely affected? Should national legislators and government agencies integrate foreign stakeholders into their decision-making processes? Must states share with strangers their scarce national resources, or sacrifice the lives of their soldiers, to promote the wellbeing of foreigners and in general to contribute to global welfare?
The project will approach these questions from several angles and disciplines including the history of international legal theory, political philosophy and political science in addition to constitutional law and positive international law. The project will revisit the traditional concept of sovereignty. Crystallized at a time when distances between communities were large and self-sufficiency was the aspiration, the concept of sovereignty must now be adapted to contemporary realities of shrinking distances and intensifying global interdependencies. The intense and complex interactions require recasting sovereignty as embedded in a more encompassing global order, which is a source not only of powers and rights, but also of obligations that essentially require states to take the rights of all affected individuals into account.

 

 

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