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Professors Gross and Ní Aoláin Named Fellows at Hebrew University’s Prestigious Institute of Advanced Studies

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Oren Gross

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin


While incoming students were still learning their way around the Law School this fall, Professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin were already settled in Israel for a stay of several months. The two were named research fellows at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and are part of an international, interdisciplinary group conducting a study entitled "Migration of Criminal Law Principles from National to International Law."

The IAS is a self-governing national institution dedicated to supporting unrestricted, innovative, high-quality academic research. Its collaborative projects bring together scholars to share their expertise and ideas on a common focus. In 2007 it was voted into in a prestigious consortium of the world’s leading advanced academic institutes by existing members at Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.

Located on the Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram in central Jerusalem, the IAS is close to the Israeli government offices and shares the campus with the Jewish National and University Library and the Center for the Study of Rationality. When the IAS was founded in 1975, it was only the fifth institution of its kind in the world.

The eight-member research groups are divided approximately equally between local scholars and scholars from around the world. The groups establish their own participants and research topic, then submit a proposal to the IAS Academic Committee for evaluation.

In the international and domestic criminal law research group, three scholars are from Hebrew University: Prof. Miriam Gur-Arye, Judge Bazil Wunsh Professor of Criminal Law; Prof. Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law; and Gilad Noam, a Ph.D. candidate and Faculty of Law teaching fellow.

The fellows joining Gross and Ní Aoláin as foreign scholars and completing the group are from the United States, Germany, and Israel. Prof. George P. Fletcher is Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. Prof. Kai Ambos heads the Department for Foreign and International Criminal Law at the University of Göttingen and is a judge at the Provincial Court in Göttingen, Germany. Prof. Yoram Shachar teaches criminal and comparative law and researches legal systems, criminal procedure, and decision-making of the Israeli Supreme Court at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya, Israel.

Both of the Law School’s faculty-on-loan are familiar with Hebrew University. Ní Aoláin was an assistant professor on its Faculty of Law from 1997-2000. During that period Gross presented a paper on the legacy of Nuremberg at the annual symposium held at the University’s Institute of Criminology in memory of its founder, Prof. Israel Drapkin. In 2010 Gross was named a visiting professor at Hebrew University and, as a result, has an ongoing relationship with its faculty.