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June 15, 2016 10:28 am

First-Ever Arab Israeli Appointed Dean of Hebrew University Law Faculty

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Prof. Michael (Mousa) Karayanni. Photo: Wikipedia.

Prof. Michael (Mousa) Karayanni. Photo: Wikipedia.

The first-ever Arab Israeli has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the institution announced.

Prof. Michael (Mousa) Karayanni, from a Christian Greek Orthodox family in Kafr Yasif in the Galilee, was unanimously voted to the position by the faculty last Wednesday, to replace the outgoing dean, Prof. Yuval Shani, who has held the post for the past four years.

Karayanni, 52 — a married father-of-three who resides in the joint Jewish-Arab village of Neve Shalom/Wahat el-Salam between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv — has held the faculty’s Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law since 2010.

An expert in civil law, private international law and issues of law and multiculturalism, Karayanni will assume his new post on October 1 this year, making him the faculty’s 22nd dean.

Karayanni was educated at Bar-Ilan University, George Washington University, the Hebrew University and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as academic director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights (2004-2006); vice-dean of the Faculty of Law (2006-2008); and director of the Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law (2008 – 2012).

He has a long list of grants and awards, among them the Allan Bronfman Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Humanities and Law (2000), the Zeltenr Award for Young Scholars (2002) and the Rector’s Prize (2011).

He has held visiting-scholar positions at the University of Melbourne, Stanford, Yale, Princeton and the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.

His most recent book, Conflicts in a Conflict: A Conflict of Laws Study on Israel and the Palestinian Territories, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

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  • Francesco Lucrezi

    Warmest congratulations. I have had the honour to be visiting Professor in this wonderful Faculty, to which I deeply feel to belong forever

  • Fahmi Natour

    Congratulations for a well desreved promotion. Your dad msy god bless his soul would have been so proud of you. Best wishes to the Karayanni family, to your mom and sisters.

  • Another example of free society in Israel.

  • Ani

    But according to all who accuse Israel of being an apartheid state, this cannot be.

  • Jay Lavine

    This is a very important accomplishment, and I like the way his background and accomplishments were presented in an even-handed and straightforward manner without the use of aggrandizing or deceptive PR-style language. And the vote was unanimous, yet. When in Israel is anything ever unanimous?

    The key to successful integration into Israeli society for Israeli Arabs is self-respect, and role models like Karayanni help bring that about. We need many more like him.