Prof. Assaf Meydani

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy

  • Prof. Assaf Meydani is Full Professor was the Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv, Yaffo. He was the President of the Israeli Political Science Association. His research interests include public policy, politics and law, and political economy.

    Prof. Meydani has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for New Institutional Science at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri; the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Centre for the Study of Judicial Institutions & the Centre for Public Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science University of Bologna, Italy and at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

    He is the author of several books among them The Anatomy of Human Rights in Israel, Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2014); The Israeli Supreme Court and the Human Rights Revolution, Courts as Agenda Setters (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Political Transformations and Political Entrepreneurs: Israel in Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

    His articles have appeared in journals such as Israel Studies, Israel Law Review, Policy and Society, Constitutional Political Economy, Rationality and Society, Land Use Policy, Contemporary Security Policy, International Journal of Law in Context, International Journal of Public Administration; the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (MPECCoL) and in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy.

    A lawyer, he has served in several public policy positions, such as, the chairman of the Israel Government Tourist Corporation, a member of the Committee for the Nomination of Judges of the Zionist Supreme Court on behalf of the World Zionist Organization; member of the Information Delegation during the Camp David negotiations in the year 2000; member of the Research Committee for the design of Local Government Law on behalf of the Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI) & the IDC Herzliya as well as member of the Committee for the enactment of Basic Law: Local Government (ULAI 2012).

    Prof. Meydani also served as an advisor to the National Commission for the Examination of the Structure of Government in Israel and Advisor to the Committee for the Appointment of Senior Advanced Policy Positions in the Public Service;
    He is member of the steering committee, Haredi integration program in higher education, on behalf of the Israeli Council for Higher Education & The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC).

    He was the Senior Academic Advisor of CECI - The Citizens' Empowerment Center in Israel; member of the political science committee on behalf of the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Israel; member board of directors of Mosad Bialik publishing house; Member board of directors of Yad Tabenkin - the research and documentation center of the united kibbutz movement; Editorial board member of the journal: World Political Science Review on behalf of IPSA- the International Political Science Association and member of the editorial board of ITON 77- literary & poetry magazine.

    Prof. Meydani is a Member of the Public Committee for funding Political Parties, Knesset, Israel.