Prof. Aviad Hacohen

Aviad Hacohen
Research Fellow
Fields of Practice: 
Religion and state, human rights in Jewish law, the Jerusalem Talmud, responsa literature

Prof. Aviad Hacohen is Dean of the Sha’arei Mishpat Academic College, and Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law and Jewish Law at the College and at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past he has also taught in the Law School of Bar Ilan University and at the School of Social Work of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After completing his BA and MA (cum laude) in Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he was awarded his PhD in Law from the Hebrew University in 2003 (magna cum laude).

Prof. Hacohen’s current research interests include: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Communication Law, Religion and State, Human Rights and Jewish Law, the Jerusalem Talmud, the responsa literature, and others.

Prof. Hacohen has published scores of articles and research studies, and serves as the editor of a number of periodicals: Alon Shvut, Yeshivat Har Ezion, Parashat Hashavua (Ministry of Justice), and Bema’agalei Tzedek, as well as on the editorial board of several publications: The Official Supreme Court Opinions of the State of Israel, the Yearbook of Jewish Law, Machanayim, Sha’arei Mishpat, and Masechet (Matan Institute).

His book, The Tears of the Oppressed – an examination of the Agunah problem: background and Halakhic sources, was published in 2004 (by Ktav, New York).

Prof. Hacohen served as a consultant to the Codification Commission of the Ministry of Justice in Israel and is currently a member of the committee on legal terms at the Academy of the Hebrew Language. He founded and heads Mosaica – the Institute for the Study of Religion, Society and State.

Among the steering committees on which he has served are the Center for the Rights of the Child and the Family at the Sha’arei Mishpat Academic College, the Committee of the Center for Women’s Justice, and the Academic Committee of the Ya’akov Herzog Center at Ein Zurim. He is the chairperson of the inspection committee of the Israeli Public Law Association and is head of the Logistics Committee of Taglit-Birthright Israel. He has also been a professional consultant on dissertations in Jewish Law, a scientific consultant for the Committee on Civics Curricula for High Schools in the Ministry of Education and Culture, and scientific advisor to the committee charged with authorizing textbooks in the Ministry of Education and Culture. He has also been a consultant for the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry for the Jewish Communities and Israeli Society.

Prof. Hacohen has been the recipient of many prizes from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: 1991 – Yaakov Herzog Prize for an outstanding student of law; 1992 – Selbit Prize for an outstanding MA student; 1994 – Shenrech Prize for outstanding research in Jewish Civil Law; 1997 – Rober Asraf Prize for outstanding doctoral research; 1999 – Leo Gozik Prize for Jewish Civil Law; 2004 – Dr. Moshe Zilberg Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in law.

He clerked for Vice President of the Supreme Court, Prof. Menachem Elon, and for Adv. Dr. Mishael Cheshin (subsequently Vice President of the Supreme Court). He is an active member of the Israel Bar Association and is a director of its institute for further training of lawyers. He was a member of the Jerusalem Bar Association's disciplinary committee, deputy chairman of the central committee's further training commission and a member of the Jerusalem district committee of the Israel Bar Association. He serves as chairman of the Forum on Law and Business at the Sha'arei Mishpat Academic College and is legal advisor for public bodies such as the Israel Festival, and the Information Center for Holocaust Survivors. He has undertaken research for the Registrar of Associations, the Commission on the Implementation of the International Covenant on the Rights of the Child, and has represented the Government of Israel at the board of the Claims Conference. He was a member of the public committee to determine religious services available to the public in the Ministry of Religious Affairs, a member of the inter-ministerial committee on National Service in the Ministry of Public Security, a member of the appeals committee of the Generali Fund, and a member of the "Shoshani Committee" on the funding of primary education in the Ministry of Education.

At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Aviad Hacohen is a member of the steering committee on Jewish Culture and Identity. He coordinated the project on Hebrew and Israeli Law as an Invitation to a Social and Philosophical Discours, co-directed the project on Jewish Commitment to the Arab Minority in the State of Israel, and has given lectures at the Opening the Week series and the study groups Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Pursue – Social Justice in Israel - Vision and Realization and Ultra-Orthodox-Nationalist Society and Western Society Views on Modernity and Postmodernity.