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Yoram Dinstein

Yoram Dinstein
Education J.D. from New York University Law School[1]
Employer Tel Aviv University
Known for International law specialist; authority on the laws of war;[2][3][4][5] former President and Dean of Law at Tel Aviv University.
Notable work(s)
  • The Conduct of Hostilities Under the Law of International Armed Conflict (2nd ed., 2010)
  • The International Law of Belligerent Occupation, (2009)
  • War, Aggression and Self-Defence (4th ed., 2005)
Title Professor Emeritus

Yoram Dinstein is a 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]

Early life and education

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][1]


Dinstein formerly held the posts of President (from 1991–98),[6] Rector (1980–85),[7] and Dean of Law at Tel Aviv University.[1]

He served twice as the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.[2][8][9] 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.[9]

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).[2]

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

Select works


  • The Conduct of Hostilities Under the Law of International Armed Conflict, ISBN 0521198135], Cambridge University Press (2nd ed., 2010)
  • The International Law of Belligerent Occupation, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-72094-X (2009)
  • War, Aggression and Self-Defence, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-79758-6 (4th ed., 2005)
  • War crimes in international law, co-editor with Mala Tabory, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, ISBN 90-411-0237-X (1996)
  • Freedom of Religion and the Protection of Religious Minorities, The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights (1991)
  • The Release of Prisoners of War, International Committee of the Red Cross (1984)
  • Models of Autonomy, Transaction Publishers, ISBN 0-87855-435-1 (1981)
  • The Laws of War at Sea, (1980)
  • The Defence of "Obedience to Superior Orders" in International Law, A. W. Sijthoff (1965)


  • "Comments on Protocol I}, International Review of the Red Cross (2010)
  • "War, Aggression and Self-Defence", Commonwealth Law Bulletin, Volume 32, Issue 4 (December 2006)
  • "Comments on War", Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (2003)
  • "The Parameters and Context of International Criminal Law", Touro Journal of Transnational Law (1988)
  • "International Criminal Law", The Israel Law Review (1985)
  • "Oil pollution by ships and freedom of the high seas", Journal of Maritime Law & Com. (1971)


  1. ^ a b c d e "International law expert, Professor Yoram Dinstein, on the international ‘War on Terrorism’ : News : The University of Melbourne". Retrieved Sep 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Lillian (April 13, 2003). "'"U.S. faces question of compensating victims of 'collateral damage. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Anthony Dworkin (March 30, 2004). "Defence or murder? | Law". London: The Guardian. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Yoaz, Yuval. "An Israeli enters the action in The Hague – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News". Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Think Peace: Defend the people of Palestine By Henry Lowi". June 30, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Berkofsky, Joe (November 30, 1999). "WJC to overhaul organization". JTA. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Office of the Rector – Rector". Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Glen Sulmasy and Paul Schiff Berman (March 30, 2003). "War prompts debate over possible international law violations". New London, CT: The Day. 
  9. ^ a b "The International Law of Belligerent Occupation, Yoram Dinstein, Book – Barnes & Noble". April 23, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
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