(1936 - )
M. Jur. (The Hebrew University)
Prof. Friedmann has been the Dean of Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty in 1974-78. He has been visiting professor at Harvard University Law School; the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Queen Mary College - the University of London, and Fordham University Law School.
In February 2007, he was appointed Minister of Justice.
He was a member, of the Commission of Inquiry (Chairman Justice M. Beiski) appointed by the President of the Supreme Court to investigate price regulation of bank shares. He has been a member of a number of Legislative Advisory Committees, and is presently a member of the Advisory Committee (Chairman, Justice A. Barak) appointed by the Minister of Justice for the Codification of Civil Law in Israel.
Professor Friedmann participated in the establishment of the Cegla Institute for Comparative and Private International Law at Tel Aviv University, and has been its first director. He also participated in establishing the Law School of the College of Management and was its first Dean.
Prof. Friedmann is a member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, member of the American Law Institute and a member (titular) of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He is also an Adviser to the Restatement (Third) of the Law of Restitution.
His awards include the Zeltner Prize, Sussman Prize, Minkoff Prize and the prestigious Israel Prize.
Prof. Friedmann has written and edited a number of books, among them Conflict Resolution in International Trade (1993, with E. Mestmaecker); The Law of Unjust Enrichment vol. 1-2 (2d ed.) (Hebrew); Human Rights in Private Law (2001, with D. Barak-Erez); To Kill and Take Possession: A Social, Legal and Political Analysis of Biblical Stories (Hebrew; an English translation was published in 2002). He has also published many articles in law reviews in Israel, England and the U.S.
Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.