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Prof. David Kretzmer



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David Kretzmer, LL.B, LL.M (Jerusalem), Dr. Jur. (York, Canada), Dr. Jur. h.c. (Potsdam), is Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Law at Sapir Academic College School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Tulane University, University of Southern California, Bar Ilan University, and the Fletcher School of Tufts University. From 2006-9 he was Professor of Law at the Transitional Justice Institute of the University of Ulster, and during 2009/10 he was an Inaugural Fellow at the Straus Institute for Advanced Study of Law and Justice at NYU Law School.
Kretzmer was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 1995-2002, and Vice-Chair of the Committee in 2001-2002. He is a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.
Kretzmer’s main fields of research are constitutional law, human rights and international humanitarian law. His books include The Occupation of Justice: The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories (SUNY Press, 2002); The Concept of Human Dignity in Human Rights Discourse (edited together with E. Klein) (Kluwer International, 2002) and The Legal Status of the Arabs in Israel )2nd edition, 2002). Recent articles deal with international humanitarian law, the use of force in international law, the law of belligerent occupation and international human rights law.

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. David Kretzmer - CV

Areas of Interest

  • Constitutional law
  • Human rights
  • International humanitarian law
  • Judicial review


Hebrew lective year: תשפ


Most recent research relates to the following topics:

The British Mandate over Palestine;

Judicial Review of Supreme Court of Israel in Petitions relating to the Occupied Territories

Use of force in international law



Recent publications:

Terrorism and the International Law of Occupation, in Ben Saul (ed.), Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism (Edward Elgar, 2014) 232.

US Extra-Territorial Actions against Individuals: Bin Laden, Al Awlaki, and Abu Khattalah, in Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten and Alexandra Hofer(ed.), The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach (Oxford University Press, 2018) 760.

Reclaiming Human Rights: An Alternative Approach to the Israel-Palestine Conflict (together with Micheline Ishay), in John Ehrenberg and Yoav Peled (ed.), Alternative Perspectives on Statehood (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), 77

The right to life in the eyes of the human rights committee, in Gabriela Pacheco, Oscar Parra Vera and Romina Sijniensky (eds.) La Lucha por los Derechos Humanos Hoy (The Battle for Human Rights Today), Essays in Honour of Cecilia Medina Quiroga, (2017), 81

The Law of Belligerent Occupation in the Supreme Court of Israel, 94 International Review of the Red Cross (2012) 207

Proportionality in ius ad bellum and the inherent right to self-defence, 24 European Journal of International Law (2013) 235

"Thou shall not Kill":The Use of Lethal Force in Non-International Armed Conflicts (together with A. Ben-Yehuda and M. Furth), 47 Israel Law Review (2014) 191.

The Human Rights Committee: Monitoring States Parties’ Reports (together with E. Klein), (2015) 45Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 133

Politics, Law and the Legal Process: The Case of the High Court of Justice and the Occupied Territories (together with G. Gorenberg), (2016) 17 Law and Government (in Hebrew) 249

The UN Human Rights Committee: General Comments – The Evolution of an Autonomous Monitoring Instrument (together with E. Klein), (2015) 58 German Yearbook of International Law 189

The Inherent Right to Self-Defence and Proportionality in Ius Ad Bellum (2014) 17 Law and Business 543 (in Hebrew)


Recent presentations:

"The Fourth Geneva Convention before the Supreme Court of Israel", Minerva-ICRC COnference on IHL, Tel Aviv University, 23 May 2017

"Nation Building and the Israeli Legal System", University of Milan-Bicocca, November 9-10, 2017

"Use of Force by UN Peace-Keeping Forces in Haiti", Palais des Nations, Geneva, 3 July, 2018

"The Affect of the Occupation on the Legal System in Israel", Conference on Affects of Occupation on Israeli Society, Hebrew University, 31 October 2018

"Demand to recognise Israel as a Jewish state", Workshop on Recognition of States, Hebrew University, 5 November 2018

"The Nation-State Law", Bruno Kreisky Forum, Vienna, 29 NOvember 2018

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