(1939 - )
Yaakov Neeman was born in Tel Aviv in 1939. Following army service,
he studied law (LL.B.) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(1961-64). He went on to complete his LL.M. and J.S.D. (Doctor of
Law, Hons. - 1968) at the New York University Law School. He has
been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 1966.
Neeman has been a senior partner of Herzog Fox & Neeman, Advocates
since 1972, with a brief two-year interruption. He has served as
visiting professor of law at the University of California in Los
Angeles (1976), Tel Aviv University (1977-79), New York University
(1989-90), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1990, 1994). He
served as Director General of the Ministry of Finance from
Yaakov Neeman has served on a number of public committees, among
them: the Tax Reform Committee (1972-74); the Public Commission of
Inquiry into the Structure of Local Government in Israel (1977-78);
and the Investigation Committee of the Temple Mount Affair (1991). He
has served, among others, as chairman of the Committee of Inquiry
into the Inter-Relation between the Tax Laws and Foreign Currency
Restrictions (1977-78) and the Public Committee on the Allocation of
Distributions by the Ministry of Interior (1991-92).
He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Bank of
Israel (1977-79 and 1992-present) and is a member of the Central
Committee of the World Bank.
He is the author or editor of seven books and over 30 articles in the
fields of taxation, corporation and securities law, published both in
Israel and abroad.
Yaakov Neeman served as Minister of Justice from June-August 1996. In July 1997 he was appointed Minister of Finance, a position he held until 1999.
In 2009, with the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu to lead Israel's government, Neeman returned to politics and was appointed as Minister of Justice. He held the position until 2013.
He is married and has six children.
Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia