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David Kretzmer


Before joining the TJI in 2006, David Kretzmer, LL.B, LL.M (Jerusalem), Dr. Jur. (York University, Canada), held the Bruce W. Wayne Chair of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, Tulane University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies of London University, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Foreign Law in Heidelberg. He was the founding director of the Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University and from 1997-2002 served as Director of the Minerva Centre for Human Rights of the Hebrew and Tel Aviv Universities. Professor Kretzmer was  member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 1995-2002, and vice-chairperson in 2001 and 2002.

Research Interests

During a long academic career Professor Kretzmer ha taught torts, contract, constitutional law, adminstrative law, international human rights and international humanitarian law. Recent articles have been published in hte Amerian Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the German Yearbook of International Law and the European Constitutional Law Review. Besides his academic work, Professor Kretzmer has been active in NGO activities. He was a founding member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and is a member of the executive board of B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.



The Legal Status of the Arabs in Israel (2nd edn. in Arabic, 2002)
 The Occupation of Justice: The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories (2002)
 The Concept of Human Dignity in International Human Rights Discourse (2002) (co-edited with E. Klein)

Peer Reviewed Articles
'Human Rights in Israel' 11 Israel Affairs (2005): 39
 'Targeted Killings of Suspected Terrorists: Extra-Judicial Execution or Legitimate Means of Self Defence?' 16 European Journal of International Law (2005): 171
 'The Advisory Opinion: The Light Treatment of International Humanitarian Law' 99 American Journal of International Law (2005): 1
 'The Supreme Court of Israel: Judicial Review During Armed Conflict' 47 German Yearbook of International Law (2005):392

Book Chapters
'Human Dignity in Israeli Jurisprudence'  in The Concept of Human Dignity in Human Rights Discourse edited by D Kretzmer and E Klein (2002)
 'Civilian Immunity in War: Legal Aspects' in Civilian Immunity in War edited by I Primoratz (2007) (forthcoming)


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