Prof. Gideon Sapir received his law degree from Bar-Ilan University, an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Northwestern University, and Rabbinic Degree from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. His teaching and research areas of interest are constitutional law (with concentration on religion and state) and constitutional theory.
Professor Sapir has been a visiting professor and scholar at Northwestern, Emory, Monash and University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law School.
Among his many publications are dozens of articles in major law reviews and several books, in Hebrew and English. His two latest books - Israeli Constitution: From Evolution to Revolution (Oxford U. Press) and State and Religion in Israel: Philosophical-Legal Inquiry (Cambridge U. Press) - are scheduled for publication in 2017.
In addition to his academic work, Prof. Sapir is involved in social causes. In this capacity, he is the founder of two legal clinics, under the auspices of Bar-Ilan Law Faculty: Disability Rights Clinic and Elderly Rights Clinic.
Michael eitan is a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum, Head of the Free-Market in Real-Estate Task Force. He was a Member of Knesset during the years 1984-2013, chaired several Knesset committees and sub-committees, served as Former Minister of Science and Technology, Deputy Minister in the Ministry in the Prime Minister`s Office, and Minister of Improvement of Government Services. In addition to his fellowship at Kohelet, Mr. Eitan assists civil society organizations in promoting the principles of open government and is a lecture in the Federman School of Public Policy and Government at Hebrew University.
Professor Avi Bell is a member of the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University and the University of San Diego School of Law, and he serves as a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum.
His fields of academic research include property and intellectual property law, international law, land use law, the laws of war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Professor Bell is considered one of the leading researchers in Israel in the field of economic analysis of law, and he is a member of the Israeli Law & Economics Association as well as the American Law & Economics Association. Professor Bell has delivered papers at the annual conferences of these Associations as well as the International Society for New Institutional Economics. His papers have been published in leading law journals including Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Columbia Law Review.
Bell received his BA and JD from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from Harvard University. He has served as a visiting professor at the law schools of Fordham University and the University of Connecticut. He was director of the Global Law Forum at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs during 2008-2009.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon is an International Relations lecturer at Tel-Aviv University and at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, and a senior analyst for I24News. Previously, he was head of the Political Science and Communication department at the Jerusalem Haredi College; founding partner of the Navon-Levy Group (a business consultancy that promoted Israeli agricultural projects in Africa); CEO of BNIC (an NGO that trained Israeli business leaders in diplomatic advocacy); and consultant for ARTTIC (a leading European consulting firm specialized in R&D funding). Dr. Navon is the author of many books and articles that have appeared in prestigious journals and newspapers. He is regularly interviewed for his insights on international affairs in the media, and is a sought-after public speaker for campuses and Jewish communities. He graduated in Public Administration from Sciences-Po, one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Abraham Diskin is a professor (emeritus) of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and head of the School for Interdisciplinary Studies in Administration, Government and Law at Sha’arei Mishpat College. He was the Chair of the Political Science Department of Hebrew University and the Chair of the Israel Political Science Association. He also served as a visiting professor in the USA, Canada, and Japan. Diskin has published more than twenty academic books and monographs – most of them on Israeli politics, and approximately two hundred academic articles. He frequently serves as an analyst for both the Israeli and the international media and councils Knesset committees, governmental ministries and leading Israeli politicians
Zvi Hauser is a lawyer and media expert as well as senior fellow at Kohelet. He served as cabinet secretary from 2009 until 2013. Before that, Hauser served as advisor to Netanyahu and to Communication Minister Limor Livnat, as chairman of the Israeli Council for Cable TV and Satellite broadcasting and as senior partner at Goldfarb and Co. law firm. Hauser also served on the boards of the Tel Aviv Port, Mikveh Israel, the Public Council for the Commemoration of Binyamin Zeev Herzl and the National Heritage program.
Dr. Leiter has served as Deputy Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Education and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance. He holds undergraduate degrees in law and political science and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Haifa.