Gad Barzilai


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Gad Barzilai
Ph.D; MA; LLB; L.LS; [J.D]
Professor of
International Studies, Law & Political Science
Jackson School of International Studies;
Comparative Law and Society Studies Center [CLASS];
Law, Societies and Justice [LSJ] Program;
University of Washington

Gad Barzilai is an international expert on comparative politics and law who has also wrote extensively on Israel in Middle East context and comparative political context.  He is a Professor in the Law, Societies, and Justice Program [LSJ], Comparative, Law and Society Studies Center [CLASS], and in the Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington (2005-). Prior to 2005, he was a Professor of Political Science and Law in the Department of Political Science, and co-Founder and co-Director of the Law, Politics & Society Graduate Program at Tel Aviv University where he was teaching in both the Political Science Department and the Law School.

Barzilai was the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Israeli Association of Law and Society; Board Member of the Law and Society Association [Class 2006], Board Member of the American Journal of Political Science (1998-2003), Board Member of the Association of Israel Studies [1993-1996, 2007- ], Board Member of Israel Studies Forum [2004-  ], and Board Member of the Journal of Comparative Studies [2006-   ].  He is active in international, Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian human rights organizations and has advised senior politicians and NGOs on issues of law and politics. Barzilai was the First Founding Director (1999-2002) of the newly established international Dan David Prize, which is among the three large Prize foundations in the world, bestowing international prizes and scholarships for academic and scientific international excellence. During Barzilai’s term, two out of three laureates of the DDP were awarded the Nobel Prize. 

Gad Barzilai was trained in comparative politics, comparative law, and has also acquired professional academic training in history, Judaism, international relations, public policy, statistics & quantitative tools of analysis from Bar-Ilan University (1976-1982); Tel Aviv University (1978-1983); Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1984-1987); Yale University (1987, 1988, 1993, 1994), and Michigan University, Ann Arbor (1988). He has been invited to address lectures in various universities and public venues around the globe, including at University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; Harvard University; Kings’ College, University of London; Lafayette College; Lehigh University; Oxford University; Yale University.

Gad Barzilai list of scientific publications includes more than one hundred and fifty publications- several books, several monographs and edited volumes, and more than one hundred articles, published in refereed leading scientific and legal journals in England, USA, and Israel. Some of his publications were translated to Arabic, French, German, Russian, Slovak, and Spanish. His award-winning book about legal cultures and non- ruling communities (minorities) under state domination and in the midst of globalization, has been published by University of Michigan Press (2003, 2005): Gad Barzilai, Communities and Law: Politics, and Cultures of Legal Identities. Barzilai most recent book, Law and Religion, an edited volume, has been published by the International Library of Essays in Law and Society [ed. Austin Sarat; Ashgate, 2007].