Short biography

Gad Barzilai is a Full Professor of law, political science and international studies and the Dean of University of Haifa Faculty of Law. He is also teaching at University of Washington. His academic degrees and training are from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Yale, and University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has published extensively 17 books and about 170 articles and essays in academic top journals and publishing houses on issues of law, society and politics. Several of his books are award winning books. Thus, for example, in his Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities [University of Michigan Press, 2003, second print-2005] he has paved the way for a new understating of the role of communities in shaping practices in law and towards it.  This book was awarded the Best Book Prize by the AIS. In his Law and Religion [Ashgate, International Series on Law and Society, 2007] Barzilai has edited some of the classics on law and religion and made a meaningful contribution to our understanding of this topic. In his Wars, Internal Conflicts and Political Order [SUNY 1996], he has suggested a new way for understanding the construction of political-legal order and disorder in times of national security emergencies. The Hebrew manuscript of this book was awarded the Best Book Award in National Security and Democracy by the Ben Gurion Foundation. Among others he has published on politics of rights, comparative law, law and political power, law and violence, communities and law, group rights, liberal jurisprudence, national security, democracies and law, and issues concerning Middle East and Israeli politics and law. In his research he is often combining knowledge in law, the social sciences, mainly political science and political sociology, with political theory, theories of jurisprudence, comparative politics and comparative law. He has been trained to use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Barzilai was the President of the Association for Israel Studies and the Founding First Director of the Dan David Prize. He is a Board member of editorial boards in several world leading professional journals including Law and Society Review.