Prof. Kedar Nir

Prof. Kedar Nir
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Research interests: 

Legal History, Comparative Law, Israeli, History Legal Theory ,Israeli History


List of Publications

I. Books

A. Books Authored

  1. Nir Kedar, The Israeliness of Israeli Law: The Struggle to Establish Original and Independent Israeli Law. Accepted for publication at The Open University Press, Tel Aviv University Press and Beg-Gurion University Press (Hebrew).
  2. Nir Kedar, Should Jewish Identity be Anchored in Israeli Law? Jerusalem: The Israel Democracy Institute: 2015 (Hebrew).
  3. Nir Kedar, Ben-Gurion and the Constitution (Hebrew) Bar-Ilan University Press & Dvir Press, 2015.
  4. Avi Bareli and Nir Kedar, Israeli Republicanism, Israel Democracy Institute 2011 (Hebrew).
  5. Nir Kedar, Mamlakhtiyut: David Ben-Gurion Civic Thought, Ben-Gurion University Press & Yad Ben-Zvi 2009. (in Hebrew)
    • The book won the Shapiro Prize for Best Book on Israel for 2009 from the International Association for Israel Studies.

B. Books Co-Authored & Edited

  1. Yedidia Z. Stern, Benjamin Brown, Kalman Neuman, Gideon Katz & Nir Kedar, When Judaism Meets the State, Tel Aviv: Yedioth Ahronoth & The Israeli Democracy Institute 2015 (Hebrew).

II. Articles

  1. In Hebrew
  1. Gideon Katz & Nir Kedar, “The Jewishness of the Jewish State in the Eyes Jewish Secular Intellectuals” in Yedidia Z. Stern, Benjamin Brown, Kalman Neuman, Gideon Katz & Nir Kedar, When Judaism Meets the State, Tel Aviv: Yedioth Ahronoth & The Israeli Democracy Institute 2015, pp. 423-506.
  2. Nir Kedar, ‘The Centrality of Law in Israeli History: On the Historiography of Israeli Law and its Contribution to Israel Studies,’ Cathedra 150 (January 2014), pp.155-180.
  3. Nir Kedar, ‘The Legal-Constitutional Status of the Political Parties during Israel First Years of Statehood,’ in Politics in Wartime: Studies on the Civilian Society during the Israeli War of Independence, edited by Mordechai Bar-On and Meir Hazan, Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi 2014, pp. 39-53.
  4. ir Kedar, ‘Israeli Democracy, the Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in the First Years of the State,’ in: In the Democratic Way: On the Historical Sources of the Israeli Democracy, edited by Allon Gal (Goldberg), Gershon Bacon, Moshe Lissak and Pnina Morag-Talmon, Sde-Boker: Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, 2012, pp. 528-560.
  5. Gideon Katz & Nir Kedar, “Judaism from the Perspective of Secular Israeli Intellectuals” 14 Democratic Culture (2012), pp. 93-152 (in English and Hebrew).
  6. Nir Kedar, “The Israeli Early Voting System Battle: A Story of Democracy, Civic Culture and Law”, 33.3 Tel Aviv University Law Review (2011) pp. 555-591
  7. Nir Kedar, “The Rule of Law and the Sovereign State” in Ilan Rahum (ed.) Back to Politics: The Modern State, Nationalism and Sovereignty and, Jerusalem: Shazar Center 2009, pp. 305-328.
  8. Nir Kedar, “The Cultural Roots of Civil Codification in Israel”, 7 Law & Business (2007), 169-201.
  9. Nir Kedar, “New Perspectives on the Foundation of the Israeli Legal System” 11 Israel (2007) 1-30.
  10. Nir Kedar, “Equality and Partnership in Ben-Gurion's Political Thought in the 1950s and 1960s,” in Society and Economy in Israel (T. Friling, D. Gutwein & A Bareli eds., Sde-Boker: Ben-Gurion University Press & Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 2005), p. 741-771.
  11. Nir Kedar, “The Educating Legal Formalism of the Early Israeli Supreme Court”, 22 B.I.U. L. Rev. (2005) 385-423.
  12. Nir Kedar, “The Republicanism of the Ben-Gurion and the Early Israeli Justices” 14 Yiunim Bitkumat Yisrael (2004) 131-151.
  13. Nir Kedar, “Ben-Gurion and the Sephardi Judge” 19 B.I.U. L. Rev. (2002), 515-540.
  14. Nir Kedar, “Interpretive Revolution: The Rise of Purposive Interpretation in Israeli Law,” 26(2) T.A.U. L. Rev. (2002) 737-772.
  1. In English
  1. Nir Kedar, “A Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction: The Case of Aharon Barak,” accepted for publication in Loyola Law Review 2016.
  2. Nir Kedar, “I’m in the East but my Law is from the West: The East-West Dilemma in Israeli Mixed Legal System,” in Vernon Palmer (ed.), Mixed Legal Systems, East and West, Farnham: Ashgate 2015, pp. 141-150.
  3. Nir Kedar, “Ben-Gurion and the Place of Judaism in Israel” Journal of Israeli History 32:2 (2013) pp. 157-174.
  4. Nir Kedar, “‘We Need the Messiah so that He May Not Come’ On David Ben-Gurion’s Use of Messianic Language” Israel Affairs 19 (2013), pp. 393-409.
  5. Nir Kedar, ‘The Roots of Ben-Gurion’s Opposition to a Written Constitution,’ Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 12 (2013) pp 1-16 (first article of the year).
  6. Nir Kedar, “Democracy and Judicial Autonomy in Israel’s Early Years,” 15.1 Israel Studies (2010), pp. 25-46.
  7. Nir Kedar, “A Civilian Commander in Chief: Ben-Gurion’s Mamlakhtiyut, the Army and the Law14:2 Israel Affairs (2008), 202-217.
  8. Nir Kedar, “Law, Culture and Civil Codification in a Mixed Legal System” 22 Canadian Journal of Law and Society (2007) 177-195.
  9. Nir Kedar, “Jewish Republicanism,” 26:2 Journal of Israeli History (2007) 179-199.
  10. Nir Kedar, “Israeli Law as a Lieu de mémoire (et d’oubli): Remembering and Forgetting Jewish Law in Modern Israel” in Oliver Drupbacher et al. (eds.), Erinnern und Vergessen / Remember and Forget, Munich: Meidenbauer Verlag, 2007, p. 196-229.
  11. Nir Kedar, “The Political Origins of the Modern Legal Paradoxes” in Oren Perez & Gunther Teubner (eds.) Paradoxes and Inconsistencies in Law (London: Hart, 2005), 101-119.
  12. Nir Kedar, “Ben-Gurion’s Mamlakhtiyut: Etymological and Theoretical Roots”, 7.2 Israel Studies (2002) 117-133.

III. Book Reviews

  1. Éduard de Laboulaye, De la méthode historique en jurisprudence et de son avenir / Jean-Luis Halpérin, De la méthode historique en sciences juridiques et de son avenir (Dalloz 2013) in Comparative Legal History 2.2 (2014), pp. 359-362.
  2. Menahem Mautner, Law and the Culture of Israel, Journal of Israeli History 32:2 (2013) pp. 286-290.
  3. Assaf Likhovski, Law and Identity in Mandatory Palestine, Cathedra 129 (2008) (in Hebrew).
  4. Colin Schindler, The Triumph of Military Zionism: Nationalism and the Origins of the Israeli Right, to be published in Shofar - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 26:4 (2008), pp. 163-165.
  5. Lauren Benton, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900, in 18 Canadian Journal of Law and Society (2003) 163-166.
  6. Joseph Raz, Value, Respect and Attachment, in 17 Canadian Journal of
    Law and Society (2002), p. 170-173.

IV. Other Publications in English & German

  1. Nir Kedar, “On the Dangers of Enshrining National Character in the Law,” Marginalia, The Los Angeles Review of Books, March 6 2015 (;
  2. Nir Kedar, “Staatsräson,” in Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, vol. 5, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler 2015, pp. 571-576.







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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS  -  Sapir Academic College School of Law


2013 - Present


Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law,

Ramat-Gan, Israel

Professor of Law and Legal History,

2000 - Present

Fields of interest: Modern Legal History. Political and Legal Theory, Comparative Law.



Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  S.J.D. 2000.        

Graduate Fellow, 1999.

LL.M. (waived), 1997.

Recipient of the Fulbright Doctoral Student Fellowships 1996- 98.                                                    

Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Humanities,

Tel-Aviv, Israel.

B.A in History, with distinction, Summa Cum Laude, 1994.

Ranked number 1 in the history department.

Honors: 1992-1993 – Dean’s List.

Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

LL.B. with distinction, Magna Cum Laude, 1994.


LEGAL EXPERIENCE  The Hon. Chief Justice Prof. Aharon Barak, President of the Israel Supreme Court.

Jerusalem, Israel.

 Law Clerk. 1995 - 96.


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