Yoram Dinstein

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Yoram Dinstein
יורם דינשטיין

(1936-01-02) January 2, 1936 (age 87)
Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
EducationJ.D. from New York University Law School[1]
EmployerTel Aviv University
Known forInternational law specialist; authority on the laws of war;[2][3][4][5] former President and Dean of Law at Tel Aviv University.
Notable work
TitleProfessor Emeritus
AwardsIsrael prize, 2023

Yoram Dinstein (יורם דינשטיין; born January 2, 1936) is an Israeli scholar and Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. He is a specialist on international law, and a prominent authority on the laws of war.[2][3][4][5] He served as President of Tel Aviv University from 1991 to 1998. Won the 2023 Israel prize for law research.


Yoram Dinstein was born in Tel Aviv in 1936. He received his legal education from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he graduated summa cum laude, and New York University Law School.[1][6]

Legal and academic career[edit]

Dinstein was appointed an instructor at the Hebrew University in 1964.[7] From 1966 to 1970, he was a member of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations and the Israeli Consul-General in New York City.[8]

Dinstein was Dean of the Faculty Law at Tel Aviv University from 1978 to 1980.[1] From 1980 to 1985 he was the Rector of Tel Aviv University (1980–85), and he served as its president from 1991 to 1998 (following Moshe Many, and succeeded by Itamar Rabinovich).[9][10][11]

He served twice as the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2002 to 2003.[2][12][13] He was also a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, a Meltzer Visiting Professor of Law at New York University, and a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.[13]

Dinstein is President of Israel's national branch of the International Law Association and of the Israel United Nations Association. He served as Chairman of the Israel national branch of Amnesty International and as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Council of the San Remo International Institute of Humanitarian Law.[1] He is the founder and Editor of the Israel Yearbook on Human Rights (40 volumes of which have been issued – in English – since 1971).[6] During his time at Amnesty International, Israeli government funded its operation, and Dinstein regularly was in contact with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and received instructions from it.[14]

Dinstein has written on international law, human rights, and the laws of armed conflict.[1]

Selected published works[edit]




  1. ^ a b c d e "International law expert, Professor Yoram Dinstein, on the international 'War on Terrorism' : News : The University of Melbourne". Voice.unimelb.edu.au. Archived from the original on October 13, 2009. Retrieved Sep 11, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Lillian (April 13, 2003). "U.S. faces question of compensating victims of 'collateral damage'". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Anthony Dworkin (March 30, 2004). "Defence or murder? | Law". The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Yoaz, Yuval (3 February 2005). "An Israeli enters the action in The Hague – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News". Haaretz. Haaretz.com. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Think Peace: Defend the people of Palestine By Henry Lowi". Aljazeerah.info. June 30, 2006. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Professor Yoram Dinstein C.V." (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  7. ^ "מינויים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים - על המשמר, 23/08/1964". Jpress.org.il. 1964-08-23. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  8. ^ "מחפשים דרכים למלחמה בעוני - דבר, 03/03/1967". Jpress.org.il. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  9. ^ Berkofsky, Joe (November 30, 1999). "WJC to overhaul organization". JTA. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  10. ^ "Office of the Rector – Rector". Rector.tau.ac.il. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  11. ^ Basch_Interactive (1980-01-01). "Presidents of Tel Aviv University | Tel Aviv University | Tel Aviv University". English.tau.ac.il. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  12. ^ Glen Sulmasy and Paul Schiff Berman (March 30, 2003). "War prompts debate over possible international law violations". New London, CT: The Day.
  13. ^ a b "The International Law of Belligerent Occupation, Yoram Dinstein, Book – Barnes & Noble". Search.barnesandnoble.com. April 23, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  14. ^ Documents reveal how Israel made Amnesty's local branch a front for the Foreign Ministry in the 70s, Uri Blau, Mar. 18, 2017, Haaretz,