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Uriel Reichman

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Uriel Reichman
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Date of birth (1942-07-04) 4 July 1942 (age 77)
Place of birthTel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Faction represented in Knesset

Uriel Reichman (Hebrew: אוריאל רייכמן‎, born 4 July 1942) is an Israeli legal scholar and former politician. He established the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in 1994 and remains its president. He also briefly served as a member of the Knesset in 2006 for Kadima.

Early life and education

Reichman was born in Tel Aviv during the Mandate era to Gerda and Alfred who had fled Nazi Germany.[1] After attending elementary school in Ramat Gan and Tichon Hadash high school in Tel Aviv, during which he was a member of the Scouts and Maccabi Ramat Gan football club, he started his national service in the Israel Defence Forces, serving in the Paratroopers Brigade and reaching the rank of lieutenant.[1] He then studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was taught by Aharon Barak,[2] receiving an LLB in 1967 and an LLM in 1972. He was called up for reserve duty during the Six-Day War in 1967, the War of Attrition (1967–1970) and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, during which his brother Gad was killed.[1] After his brother's death, Reichman was transferred to a non-combat unit, becoming president of a Military Tribunal and attaining the rank of major.[1] In 1975 he was awarded a JSD by the University of Chicago.


In the mid-1980s Reichman initiated and headed a team that formulated the Constitution of Israel. The proposal included, among other things, the idea of direct election to the premiership. Between 1985 and 1990 he worked as a lecturer, senior lecture and dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, before becoming dean of Ramot Mishpat. In 1990 he established the Ramot Mishpat Law School.[3] In 1994 he established the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya,[4] and has served as the organisation's president since its founding (with the exception of the period in 2006 when he was a Member of the Knesset).[5]

Reichman has served on the board of directors of the First International Bank and Bank Hapoalim. He also has chaired the Israel Bar Association's Committee for Human Rights, headed and served as a member of several public committees, and proposed reforms in the real-estate laws and in the professions of real-estate surveying and brokerage.

A founder of Shinui,[6] Reichman was elected to head the party's presidium in 2004. However, in November 2005 he left the party to join Ariel Sharon's new Kadima party. For the 2006 elections he was placed eleventh on Kadima's list, and became a Knesset member when the party won 29 seats. However, he resigned his seat on 28 April 2006 in protest at not being given the Education portfolio (which went to Yuli Tamir of the Labor Party), which he claimed he had been promised by both Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.[4] He was replaced by Shai Hermesh.

Honors and awards

In 2000 Reichman was made a "Knight of Quality Government" by the Movement for Quality Government.[7] He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Heinrich Heine University in 2010. In 2015 he received the annual Israel Bar Association prize.[8] In 2018 Reichman was given the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award by the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d About Prof. Uriel Reichman Uriel Reichman
  2. ^ Prof. Reichman: "The IDC's image as a 'northern' school is wrong" Globes, 12 February 2010
  3. ^ Uriel Reichman Jewish Agency
  4. ^ a b Mazal Mualem (20 April 2006). "Reichman leaves Kadima and politics; 'Olmert broke promise Sharon made'". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  5. ^ Reichman leaves politics - and returns to IDC Herzliya Haaretz, 2 November 2011
  6. ^ Lily Galili; Assaf Carmel (22 January 2006). "Shinui looking to founder Reichman and Yaakov Kedmi". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  7. ^ Knights of Quality of Government 2000 Movement for Quality Government
  8. ^ Uriel Reichman receives the Israel Bar Association award American Friends of IDC
  9. ^ Prestigious Tufts University awards Prof. Uriel Reichman with the Public Diplomacy Award IDC Herzilya

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