Prof. Barak Medina
Professor Barak Medina, the Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, holds the Justice Haim Cohen Chair in Human Rights at the Faculty of Law. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, and the Academic Director of the Program on Transitional Justice at the Faculty of Law. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University (LLB, BA and MA), Harvard Law School (LLM), and the Hebrew University (PhD), and served as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York and University of California Berkeley.
Professor Medina’s research interests include Constitutional Law and Economic Analysis of Law. He authored seven books, including the latest editions of the most authoritative book on Israeli Constitutional Law, and a book on Human Rights Law in Israel, and published more than fifty academic articles.
Prof. Barak Medina serves as Rector from the beginning of the 2017/2018 Academic Year.
The Role of the Rector
According to the Hebrew University’s Constitution: “The Rector is the academic head of the University and is vested with full powers in academic matters. In this capacity and subject to the Constitution and General Statutes, he is responsible to the Senate.” The Rector serves alongside the President, who is “Head of the University, responsible to the Board of Governors for the management of the University, its standards and quality…” The Senate of the University, on which serve representatives of the academic faculty and representatives of the Student Union, elects the Rector among faculty members at the rank of Full Professors at the University. The Rector holds office for four years. The Rector is responsible for all academic matters that take place at the University including, teaching, research and public activities of the faculty.