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Amnon Rubinstein, a journalist and a Law scholar, was born in Tel-Aviv in 1931. He studied economics, international relations and law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, became a member of the Israel Bar in 1963 and received a Ph.D. in law from the London School of Economics in 1966.

Rubinstein served as a professor of law at Tel-Aviv University (1961-75) and Dean of the Law Faculty (1968-73); he was a guest Prof. at Stanford University, Columbia University and many more.

Prof. Rubinstein served as the Dean of the Law Faculty of the Interdisciplinary center (IDC) Herzliya (2002-2006) and as the President of the IDC (2006).

Amnon Rubinstein is an Israel Prize Laureate for Law, 2006.

Prof. Rubinstein served as chairman of many Parliamentary Committees. He also served as Minister of Communication, Minister of Energy & Infrastructure and Minister of Science & Technology. From 1992-1996 he served as Minister of Education and Culture.

Prof. Rubinstein initiated and legislated the two basic laws that guarantee human rights in Israel.






Born 05/09/1931 in Tel Aviv

Married, Two children

Residence: Tel Aviv

Israel Prize Laureate



B.A., Economics & International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

LL.M., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ph.D.,law , London School of Economics



Professor of Law



Hebrew, English, and partial French

Current Function

Professor of law - The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya


Political History in the Knesset

Knesset Member 1977 -2001

Member of Knessets: 9 - Democratic Movement for Change; 9,10,11,12 - Shinui; 12,13,14,15 - Meretz;

Functions in Ninth Knesset:

Member, Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee;

Functions in Tenth Knesset:

Member, Economics Committee;

Functions in Eleventh Knesset:

Member, House Committee; Constitution, Law and Justice Committee;

Functions in Twelfth Knesset:

Member, House Committee; Constitution, Law and Justice Committee;

Functions in Fourteenth Knesset:

Chairman, Economics Committee

Functions in Fifteenth Knesset:

Chairman, The State Control Committee

Chairman, Constitution, Law and Justice Committee


Roles in the Government

21st Government: Minister of Communication 1984-5

22nd Government: Until 26/5/1987, Minister of Communication

25th Government: Until 31/12/1992, Minister of Science and Technology

25th Government: Until 7/6/1993, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

25th Government: From 30/5/1994, Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport

26th Government: Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport


Roles in Academy

Dean, Tel-Aviv Law School , Tel Aviv University
Dean, Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Provost, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

President, Interdicilplinary Center


Public Activities

Political Commentator, Haaretz ,Maariv, Globes, The Jerusalem Post - Israeli dailies

Patron, Liberal International




Books on Jurisprudence & Modern Jewish History such as

- "Jurisdiction and Illegality", Clarendon Press Oxford

- "Israel's Constitutional Law (Hebrew) 6th edition Schocken Books Tel Aviv 2005

- "The Zionist Dream Revisited" Schocken Books New York NY 1984

- "Israel: Le Reve et L'Histoire" Calmann-Levy' Paris 1978

-"From Herzel to Rabin; the (changing image of Zionizm)" Holmes and Meier New York NY  2000

- "Geschichte des Zionismus: Von Theodor Herzel bis Heute" ) (German) DTV (Munich) 2001

- "Israel and the Family of Nations" (With Alexander Yacobson) (Hebrew) Schocken Books Tel Aviv, 2003

- "Israel et les Nations" (With Alexander Yacobson) (French) Presses Universitares de France,Paris 2006

-  "Israel and the Family of Nations - the Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights"
(With Alexander Yacobson) Routledge 2008

Absence of Government: How to Mend Israel's Broken System (Kineret Zmora Bittan, 2012)


Six Novels (in Hebrew):

- "The Blanket" -Schocken Books, Tel Aviv, 2005

- "Highway Number Five" -  Schocken Books , Tel Aviv, 2006

- "The Sea above Us" - Schocken Books, Tel Aviv, 2007

- "Seperate Entrance" - Kineret Zmora Bitan Books, Tel Aviv, 2009

- "Forbbiden Loves" - Kineret Zmora Bitan Books, Tel Aviv, 2011

- "The Black Sun" - Kineret Zmora Bitan Books, Tel Aviv, 2012


Numerous Articles in the Israeli and International Press.

Nattion-state and Human Rights - Routledge London 2009


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