Dr. Aviad Bakshi is the head of the legal department in Kohelet Policy Forum. Dr. Bakshi, a former Hesder Yeshiva teacher, completed his first and second law degrees at Bar Ilan University with honors and was admitted to the Israeli bar after his internship in the High Court Department at the State Attorney's Office. Dr. Bakshi wrote his doctoral thesis as part of the president's scholarship for excelling ph.d students on the "proper constitutional significance of Israel as a Jewish state," which won the Begin Award 2012. During his doctorate Dr. Bakshi was a research fellow at the Schwartz Institute of Political Philosophy Studies at Beit Morasha.
Since 2004, Dr. Bakshi has been involved in legislative and constitutional initiatives as an independent scholar, a member of the IZS constitution team, the legal editor of MK Michael Eitan and Prof. Moshe Koppel's proposed constitution, head of Weiler Foundation's legislative project at Bar Ilan University and director of the Berliner Institute - a clinic for legislative initiatives at the Ono Academic College.
The research conducted by Dr. Bakshi in public law focuses on issues relating to the identity of Israel as a democratic nation-state and issues related to separation of powers. Dr. Bakshi serves as a legal adviser of the Department of International Law MAG in his reserve duty. Alongside his work at Kohelet, Dr. Bakshi teaches Constitutional and Administrative Law at Ono Academic College and Bar Ilan University.