Daphne Barak-Erez

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Daphne Barak-Erez, 2007

Daphne Barak-Erez (Hebrew: דפנה ברק-ארז‎; born 2 January 1965) is an Israeli law professor. She was named to the Supreme Court of Israel for a term beginning in May 2012, making her the court's youngest judge.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Daphne Barak was born in the United States to Israeli parents, and became a citizen by birthright of the United States. The family later returned to Israel, where she was raised. She attended Tel Aviv University, earning LL.B., LL.M., and Ph.D. degrees.[1] She renounced her US citizenship in 2012 as required by Israeli law in order to take up her Supreme Court position.[2]

Legal and academic career[edit]

Barak-Erez was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University in the fall of 2011. As a scholar, she specializes in constitutional and administrative law. In 2009 she was one of the final candidates for the position of Attorney General. Barak-Erez was a visiting professor at various universities (including Columbia, Stanford, Duke, and UCLA), as well as a visiting researcher in other distinguished institutions (Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Max Planck Institute).[3]

Barak-Erez is the author and editor of 20 books and 130 articles, including Outlawed Pigs: Law, Religion and Culture in Israel (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007) and Administrative Law (in Hebrew, 4 volumes, 2010, 2013, 2017). She is currently a member of Council for Higher Education in Israel.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

She was awarded several prizes, including the Zeltner Prize, the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (twice), the Woman of the City Award by the City of Tel Aviv, and the Women in Law Award by the Israel Bar Association.[3]

In November 2013, Daphne Barak-Erez accepted an award in Israel’s name, for progress made in reducing gender gaps. The award was presented by Women in Parliament Global Forum during a ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Who are Israel's new Supreme Court judges?". Haaretz. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Saunders, Laura (2 August 2012). "The Renouncers: Who gave up U.S. citizenship, and why?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Daphne Barak-Erez Researcher's Site". Tel Aviv University. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ JTA. "Israel Awarded Prize for Gender Equality by International Women's Forum". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 9 December 2013.