The Minerva Center for Human Rights was established in January 1997 as a joint center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the 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 objectives of the Minerva Center are:
To serve as an academic framework for interdisciplinary research and the study of human rights,
To promote scholarly exchange among Israeli and international academics, and in particular – to foster academic cooperation between Germany and Israel.
To serve 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.
To ensure that the protection and fulfillment of human rights in Israel will be constantly on the academic and public tables. To facilitate these objectives 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 center 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.
The Chairs of the Tel-Aviv branch of the Minerva Center:
Prof. Amos Shapira
Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez
Prof. Chaim Gans
Prof. Guy Mundlak
Dr. Shai Lavi
The academic committee (2008-2009)
Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez, Prof. Chaim Ganz, Prof. Eyal Benvenisty, Prof. Guy Mundlak, Dr. Neta Ziv, Dr. Aeyal Gross, Dr. Daphne Hacker, Dr. Yishai Blank.