Dean’s Message

Welcome to the Faculty of Law community at Bar Ilan 

Prof. Oren Perez, Dean
Prof. Oren Perez, Dean

Bar Ilan University's Faculty of Law is positioned at the forefront of legal research in Israel and world-wide. The Faculty has chosen to define itself through excellence and innovation in research and teaching, along with a deep commitment to Israeli society and law. The faculty members are located in the vanguard of research in Israel and around the world. Their articles are published in the leading periodicals world-wide and they are regularly invited to lecture and teach at the most prestigious universities. In recent years the faculty have developed new fields of research including law and information technology, environmental and sustainability law and law and behavioural ethics. In addition, the Faculty has significantly expanded its international contacts which now include universities from Europe, North America and Asia. Additionally, it is a member of two international initiatives, the ATLAS Consortium which deals with international cooperation among doctoral research students and the private law consortium. The Faculty also leads the HRN-SSRN (Hebrew Research Network) initiative, within whose framework articles are posted and disseminated prior to official publication.

Our students and graduates integrate into the most senior positions in the private market and in the public service. Only recently, graduates were appointed to senior positions in the public service; the Minister for Religious Affairs, The Director-General of Office of the President, Director-General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Director-General of the Ministry of the Interior, Director-General of the Office of the Prime Minister, Director-General of the Office of the Alternate Prime Minister and more.

The Faculty offers unique study programs for both bachelor's and more advanced degrees, promoting a series of interdisciplinary programs which allow outstanding students to integrate legal studies with studies from other fields. One example is a unique interdisciplinary track (the only one in Israel and among the only ones in the world) for the M.A. in regulation and environmental policy, in cooperation with the Department of Geography and the Environment. This program too is open to students within the framework of the combined programs. Fascinating, broad-based alternative programs allow the students to study one semester in a variety of leading institutions overseas during their undergraduate degree. A unique program at the M.A. level offers specialization in fields and tracks focusing on a range of specific areas of law including commercial law, criminal law, negotiation and mediation. The M.A. program in legal studies is intended for non-lawyers who wish to add to their academic knowledge of the law. A prestigious doctoral program is open to outstanding students seeking to focus on research. Students studying in the Faculty's doctoral program have access to the partner universities in the ATLAS program.

The Faculty offers two unique doctoral programs – one in regulation and public policy and one in Hebrew Law – both open to outstanding students who do not hold an undergraduate degree in law and who fulfil the entrance criteria for the program.

The Faculty publishes three journals which provide students with the opportunity to gain experience working on the staff of legal periodicals; the main journal, "Legal Research", "Democratic Culture", a periodical dealing with investigating democracy in Israel and an international journal "Law, Religion & State".

As a faculty which is deeply dedicated to Israeli society and law, we work to bridge the various sectors of Israeli society while working to create a pluralistic community which respects difference and encourages dialogue and cooperation among people from different parts of society. We established the program for the promotion and guidance of students from the Arab sector in order to assist them throughout their studies. The Faculty encourages in-depth debate on controversial subjects in Israeli society.

Within the framework of this commitment, a clinic was established in the Faculty which is unusual both for its scope and the field of work it handles. The clinic addresses both individual difficulties and core social issues from a range of fields.

Within the Faculty are a number of centers which focus on dilemmas inhabiting the intersection between law and society in Israel, including: the Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women's Status, the Menomadin Center for Jewish and Democratic Law and the Center for Communication and Law belonging jointly to the Faculty of Law and the School of Communications.

I invite you to join the Faculty of Law community and share in its success and in the various academic and social activities happening within its framework.

Yours,

Prof. Oren Perez, Dean