Daniel Friedmann

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Daniel Friedmann
Daniel Friedmann2012-1.jpg
Date of birth (1936-04-17) 17 April 1936 (age 84)
Place of birthMandatory Palestine
Ministerial roles
2007–2009Minister of Justice

Daniel Friedmann (Hebrew: דניאל פרידמן‎, born 17 April 1936) is a former professor at and dean of the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. He served as the Minister of Justice of Israel from 2007 to 2009, having been appointed by then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He was sworn in on February 7, 2007, succeeding Tzipi Livni. In 2009 he was succeeded by Ya'akov Ne'eman.

Early life[edit]

Friedmann was born in Mandatory Palestine into a family that has lived there for seven generations.[1] He attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard Law School, receiving a doctorate from the former.

Academic career[edit]

Friedmann was previously a professor of law at Tel Aviv University in the 1960s and 70s, including a stint as dean of the faculty of law there between 1974 and 1978. He subsequently taught law in the United States at Harvard, Penn, and Fordham, and in the United Kingdom at Queen Mary, University of London.

Friedmann has authored numerous legal articles and treatises in Hebrew and English.

Awards and honours[edit]

Friedmann is the recipient of several Israeli and international awards, including the Zeltner Prize (awarded to an outstanding jurist), the Sussman Prize, the Minkoff Prize, and the Israel Prize, in 1991, for law.[2]

Politics and government[edit]

Friedman had been a member of the now-defunct Democratic Movement for Change party, and later appeared at the symbolic 120th place on the Knesset electoral list of one of its successor parties, Shinui, in the 2003 elections.[3]

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appointed Friedmann as the Minister of Justice on February 6, 2007.[4] He was confirmed by the Cabinet unanimously and by the Knesset (50-24-1) on February 7. He was sworn in the same day.[5]

The initial reaction to appointment was mixed, but the commentators agree that Friedmann is strongly critical of the Israeli Judiciary.[4][6] In the past Friedmann has declared a preference for reforming the system by which justices are appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court.[4][7]


  1. ^ The government approved this evening: Friedman - Minister of Justice Yedioth Ahronoth, 6 February 2007 (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1991 (in Hebrew)". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ Lists of the contenders: Shinui Knesset website (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ a b c Our Fresh, New Justice Minister[permanent dead link] Jerusalem Post, 7 February 2007
  5. ^ Yuval Yoaz, Yossi Verter, Gideon Alon and Mazal Mualem, "Professor Daniel Friedmann sworn in as new Justice Minister", Haaretz, Feb. 7, 2007
  6. ^ Ze'ev Segal, "The New Justice Minister: an Agenda-Based Appointment", Haaretz, Feb. 7, 2007
  7. ^ "Friedmann under fire for plans to cut court power". The Jerusalem Post. November 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-17.[permanent dead link]

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