Boston University School of Law

Pnina Lahav


Boston University
M.A. (political science), 1983

Yale Law School
J.S.D. 1973

Yale Law School
LL.M. 1971

The Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, Israel
LL.B., magna cum laude, 1969


Boston University School of Law
Law Alumni Scholar
Professor of Law

Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Technology, Herzlia, Israel
Visiting Professor, Fall, 1996

Jean Moulin University, Lyon, France
Visiting Professor, Spring, 1997

Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel
Visiting Professor, Spring, 1990

University of San Diego Summer Program at Oxford
Visiting Professor, United Kingdom, 1989

Harvard Law School Co-teacher (with Prof. Henry Steiner) of course on Israel and its Arab population, Second year

University of San Diego Summer Program in Paris, France
Visiting Associate Professor, 1986

University of San Diego Summer Program in Paris, France
Visiting Associate Professor, 1984

Rockefeller Foundation Humanities fellow, 1983‑1984, on leave from Boston University

Harvard Law School
Research Fellow, 1979‑1980

Harvard University Department of Government
Research Fellow, 1978‑1979

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Lecturer, Faculty of Law, 1974‑1980

Yale University
Research Associate, 1973‑1974, Antilles Research Program

Justice M. Ben‑Porath, Israel Supreme Court
Law Clerk, 1968‑1969, Jerusalem (then District Court Judge, Jerusalem)

Prizes and other Academic Distinctions

Recipient, Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011

Religion Fellow, Boston University School of Theology, 2010-2011

Fellow, Insititute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jeursalem, Spring 2008

Appointed Law Alumni Scholar, November, 2007

Class of 1960 Scholar, 2001-2002, Boston University School of Law Recipient, Fellowship at Stanford Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, 2000-2001

Recipient, The Lipsitt Faculty, Research Fund, 1999-2000, Boston University School of Law

Keck Lecture, Amherst Program in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, delivered in February, 1999

Recipient, Seltner Award, Israel, 1998, for Judgment in Jerusalem

Recipient, Gratz College Centennial Book Award, 1998, for Judgment in Jerusalem Judgment in Jerusalem offered as selection by the History Book Club

Judgment in Jerusalem offered as selection by the History Book Club

President, Association for Israeli Studies, 1997-1999

Member, Academic Advisory Committee, International Research Institute on Jewish Women, Brandeis University, 1997-

Member, Advisory Board, Mid-East Watch, New York, N.Y., 1992-1997

Member, Governing Council, American Jewish Congress, New England Region, 1995-

Member, Advisory Board, Center for National Security Studies, Washington, D.C., 1989-1993

Recipient, Fulbright Fellowship, April‑May, 1986, under auspices of U.S./Israel Bicentennial Project

Recipient, Bunting Fellowship, 1986 (declined)

Recipient, Rockefeller Fellowship, 1983

Foundation Humanities Recipient, grant to research the comparative dimensions of press law, from the Modern Media Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1979‑1980

Recipient, Irving M. Engel Fellowship for Study and Research in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Yale Law School, 1971‑1972, and 1972‑1973

select list of endowed and distinguished lectures

First Inaugural Keynote address, Israeli Association of Legal History, Sept. 2013, “Kol Ha’am: What else is there to say?”

Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights, Brandeis University, Jan. 2012, “The Woes of WoW”

Sanford Ettinger Distinguished Lecture, University of Madison, Wisconsin, Spring 2012, “Golda: Woman and Leader -- Through the Gender Lens”

Keynote speech at the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, June 2009, at conference on Women in the Public Sphere -- have we mentioned Golda yet?, “Golda Meir as a role model: Asset or Burden?”

Raoul Wallenberg Annual Lecture, Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University, Feb. 2003, “Up Against the Wall, Women’s Legal Struggle for Religious Freedom”

Robert and Florence Dreben Lecture, Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies, May 2003, “Gender equality and the tension between church and state: The case of the Women of the Wall”

Keck Lecture, Amherst Program in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Feb. 1999, “Jews in the Chicago Seven Trial”

Frankle Memorial Lecture, Wesleyan University. April,1998 “The politics of the question of Who is a Jew."

Adam Cherrick Lecture, Washington University in St. Louis, March 1996, "Between Zionism and Judaism: Israeli Identity and Diaspora Jewry”


"Introduction," in Symposium, Roundtable on the Status of Women in Israel, 18 Israel Studies 1 (2013). 

"Israel's Rosit the Riveter: Between Secular Law and Jewish Law," in Symposium, Evaluating Claims about the End of Men: Legal and Other Perspectives, 93 Boston University Law Review 1063 (2013). 
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"The Women of the Wall: American Jewish and Israeli Feminism," Sh'ma Journal 5 (Oct 2013). 

"Women of Wall: A Temporary but Meaningful Milestone: State of Israel v. Bonnie Reva Rus," 9 HaMishpat Online: Human Rights - Insight into Recent Judgments 4 (June 2013). Full text: PDF [article in English] - Journal Title link [article in Hebrew] 
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"American Influence on Israeli Law: Freedom of Expression," in Israel and the United States: Six Decades of US-Israeli Relations 187, Robert O. Freedman, ed., Westview Press (2012). 
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"Justice Miriam Ben Porat, In Memoriam," 17 Orech Ha-Din (The Lawyer) 38 (2012). [Hebrew] 

"A Small Nation Goes to War: Israel's Cabinet Authorization of the 1956 War," 15:3 Israel Studies 61 (Fall 2010). 
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"American Moment[s]: When, How, and Why Did Israeli Law Faculties Come to Resemble Elite U.S. Law Schools?" 10 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 653 (2009). 
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Book Review, Daphne Barak-Erez, Outlawed Pigs: Law, Religion, and Culture in Israel, University of Wisconsin Press (2007), 27 Law & History Review 460 (2009). 
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"Seeking Recognition: Women's Struggle for Full Citizenship in the Community of Religious Worship," in Gendering Religion and Politics: Untangling Modernities 125, H. Herzog & A. Braude, eds., Palgrave (2009). 
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"The Changing Role of the Supreme Court," in Israeli Politics 135, Robert Freedman, ed., Westview (2008). 

"An Interview with Justice Miriam Ben Porat (retired)," 26 Ha-Mishpat 73 (2008). [Hebrew] 

"Censoring the Eichmann Abduction: Making History," 98 Zmanim 58 (2007). [Hebrew] 

"A Chandelier for Women - A Tale About the Diaspora Museum and Maurycy Gottlieb's 'Day of Atonement' - Jews Praying on Yom Kippur," 11 Israel Studies 108 (2006). 

"The Republic of Choice, the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Taliban," 40 Tulsa Law Review 599 (2005). 
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"Theater in the Courtroom, the Chicago Conspiracy Trial," 16 Law and Literature 381 (2005). 
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"History in Journalism and Journalism in History: Anthony Lewis and the Watergate Crisis," 29 Journal of Supreme Court History 163 (2004). 

"Archetypal Trials and the Management of Dissent: Some Insights from Marketing Theory," 4 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 763 (2003). 
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"Facing Occupation: The Relevance of the American History of Slavery to Israel," 16 Bar Ilan Law Studies 561 (2003). 

"Professor Ehud Sprinzak, In Memoriam," 19 Israel Studies Forum 148 (2003). 

"The Chicago Conspiracy Trial as a Jewish Morality Tale," in Lives in the Law 21, Austin Sarat et al., eds., University of Michigan Press (2002). 

The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society: Israel 1917-1967, with Harris, Kedar, & Likhovski, eds., Ashgate (2002). 

"Introduction to Israeli Legal Historiography," with Harris, Kedar, & Likhovski, in The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society: Israel 1917-1967 1, with Harris, Kedar, & Likhovski, eds., Ashgate (2002). 

"The Pains and Gains of Writing Biography: Reflections on Writing the Biography of Chief Justice Simon Agranat," with Harris, Kedar, & Likhovski, eds., in The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society: Israel 1917-1967 147, Ashgate (2002). 

"A 'Jewish State ... to Be Known as the State of Israel': Notes on Israeli Legal Historiography," 19 Law and History Review 387 (2001). [Forum: Assessing the Field, New Departures in Israeli Legal History, Part Three] 
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"The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: Character and Judicial Discretion," 71 University of Colorado Law Review 1327 (2000). 
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"Up Against the Wall: Women's Legal Struggle to Pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem," 16 Israel Studies Bulletin 19 (2000). 

"The First Decade of Israeli Law, The Courts of Law," in The Courts of Law, Fifty Years of Adjudication in Israel __, D. Heshin, et al. eds., Ministry of Defence (1999). 

"Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press," in The Courts of Law, Fifty Years of Adjudication in Israel __, D. Heshin, et al. eds., Ministry of Defence (1999). 

"In Memoriam-Memorial Tributes for Professor Elizabeth B. Clark," 78 Boston University Law Review 236 (1998). 
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"Law and the Transformation of Israeli Society," 3 Israel Studies 1 (1998). [Guest editor with an Introduction] 

"Personal and Collective Identity: Judaism and Modernity in the Shalit Case," in Cultural Pluralism in a Democratic and Jewish State __, Mautner & Sagy, eds., Ramot (1998). 

"Who is a Jew: Tales of Fathers and Daughters," in Celebrating Elie Wiesel: Stories, Essays, Reflections 297, A. Rosen, ed., Notre Dame University Press (1998). 

"Israeli Military Leadership at the Yom Kippur War, Reflections on the Art of Reflection," in Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion and Government 171, K. Avruch & W. Zenners, eds., SUNY Press (1997). 

Judgment in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century, University of California Press (1997). Revised and expanded version published as Yisrael Ba-Mishpat, Am-Ovid (1999). [In Hebrew] 

"The Legacy of Chief Justice Simon Agranat," 42 Hapraklit 1 (1995). 

"Conceptions of Sex Equality in the Debate over the Women's Equal Rights Law," Zmanim 149 (1994). 

"The Jewish Persona in Legal Discourse," 2 Reconstruction 103 (1994). 

"The Jewish Perspective in International Law," 87 American Society of International Law Proceedings 331 (1993). 
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"Rights and Democracy, the Court's Performance," in Israeli Democracy Under Stress __, E. Sprinzak & L. Diamond, eds., Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. (1993). 

"The Eichmann Trial, the Jewish Question, and the American-Jewish Intelligentsia," 72 Boston University Law Review 555 (1992). 
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"Jurisprudence and Biography: The Case of Simon Agranat," 8 Israel Studies Bulletin 8 (1992). 

"Modern Jewish Women: Between the Two Mehizas," 3 S'Vara, A Journal of Philosophy and Judaism 46 (1992). 

"National Security and the Media," in Security and Democracy 173, Avner Yaniv, ed., Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. (1992). 

"The First Amendment at Home and Abroad," 9 Communications Lawyer 5 (1991). 
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"The Intellectual Foundations of Civil Liberties in Israel," 24 Israel Law Review 1 (1991). Also appeared in 16 Tel Aviv University Law Review 475 (1991). [Hebrew] 

"Foundations of Rights Jurisprudence in Israel: Chief Justice Agranat's Legacy," 24 Israel Law Review 211 (1990). 
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"The Press and National Security," 28 Israeli Democracy  (Winter 1990). 

"Romanticism and the Golden Age," 33 Politika 3 (1990). 

"Censorship," in International Encyclopedia of Communications 245, Oxford University Press (1989). 

"The Supreme Court of Israel: Formative Years, 1948-1955," 14 Tel Aviv University Law Review 479 (1989). Reprinted in 14 Ha-Ziyonut (1989). [In Hebrew] Also reprinted in 11 Studies in Zionism 45 (1990). [English] 

"A Barrel Without Hoops: The Impact of Counterterrorism on Israel's Legal Culture," 10 Cardozo Law Review 529 (1988). Republished in 33 State, Government and International Relations 19 (1990). [Hebrew] Also republished as "Military and Politics in the Jewish Democratic State," in 1 Democracy and National Security in Israel 306, B. Neurberger, I. Ben-Ami & A. D. Epstein, eds., Open University of Israel (2007). [Russian
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"Holmes and Brandeis: Libertarian and Republican Justifications for Free Speech," 4 The Journal of Law and Politics 451 (1988). 
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"Holmes, Brandeis and the American Jurisprudence of Free Speech," 26 Zmanim, Tel Aviv Journal of History 86 (1987). [Hebrew] 

"The Jurisprudence of Chief Justice Simon Agranat," in Essays in Honor of Shimon Agranat 9, R. Gavison & M. Kremnitzer, eds., Graf-Pres (1986). [Hebrew] 

"'Lion' of the Law -- Chief Justice S. Agranat at 80," The Jerusalem Post Magazine __ (Aug. 29, 1986). 

"Conclusion: An Outline for a General Theory of Press Law in Democracy," editor, in Press Law in Modern Democracies 339, Longman (1985). 

"Israel's Press Law," in Press Law in Modern Democracies 265, editor, Longman (1985). 

Press Law in Modern Democracies, Longman, editor (1985). 

"The Dilemma of Dual Loyalty," The Jerusalem Post ___ (Feb. 1984). 

"The Intellectual Development of the American Doctrine of Judicial Review," 10 Tel Aviv University Law Review 491 (1984). [Hebrew] 

"Comparative Press Laws," in 1 World Press Encyclopedia 23, Facts on File Publication (1982). 

"American Influence on Israel's Jurisprudence of Free Speech," 9 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 21 (1981). 
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Book Review, J. Lofton, The Press as Guardian of the First Amendment, South Carolina Press (1980), 16 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 561 (1981). 
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"The Art of Comparative Constitutional Law," in Symposium Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law, 53 Southern California Law Review 697 (1980). [Comment] 
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Book Review, Human Rights, E. Kamenka & A. Erh-Soon Tay, eds., Edward Arnold (1978), 15 Israel Law Review 457 (1980). 

"Golda's Ambiguous Legacy," 6 Lilith 16 (1979). Also published in Jewish Digest 23 (Apr 1980). 

"Israel's Constitution," in 9 Supplement to Constitutions of the Countries of the World 2005-3, Blaustein & Flanz eds., Oceana (1979). 

"Governmental Regulation of the Press: A Study of Israel's Press Ordinance - Part II," 13 Israel Law Review 489 (1978). 
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"Governmental Regulation of the Press: A Study of Israel's Press Ordinance -Part I," 13 Israel Law Review 230 (1978). 
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"Freedom of Expression in the Decisions of the Supreme Court," 7 Mishpatim 375 (1977). [Hebrew] 

"Raising the Status of Women Through Law: The Case of Israel," 3 Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 193 (1977). Also appeared in Women and National Development: The Complexities of Change 193, Wellesley Editorial Committee, University of Chicago Press (1977). 

"Who's Afraid of 'Absolute Rights'?" 7 Mishpatim 541 (1977). [Hebrew] 

"World Jewry and the Ballot," 12 Israel Law Review 318 (1977). 
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"A Bill of Rights for Israel: A Step Forward?" with D. Kretzmer, 7 Mishpatim 154 (1976). [Hebrew] 

"Political Censorship: Some Reflections on its Validity in Israel's Constitutional Law," 11 Israel Law Review 339 (1976). 
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"Reflections on the Potential of Draft Basic Law: Rights of the Person," in Collection of the Lectures Delivered at the Seminar for Judges 1975: The New Civil Legislation __, S. Shetreet, ed., Sacher Institute Hebrew University (1976). [Hebrew] 

"The Right to Know, Freedom to Publish and Official Secrets," 6 Mishpatim 562 (1976). [Hebrew] 

"The Chef de Section: Structure and Function of Haiti's Basic Administrative Institution," 4 Occasional Papers  (1975). [Antilles Research Program, Yale University] 

"The Division of Legal Labor in Rural Haiti," 8 Verfassung Und Recht in Ubersee 465 (1975). 

"The Status of Women in Israel - Myth and Reality," 22 American Journal of Comparative Law 107 (1974). 
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Freedom of Expression During National Security Crises, Yale Law School (1973). [J.S.D. dissertation]