Prof. Yishai Beer

Harry Radzyner Law School Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Prof. Yishai Beer is a professor of law at the Radzyner School of Law (IDC), specializing in taxation and the law of armed conflict. He is also a Major General (ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces.

    Professor Beer's received his BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MA from the London School of Economics and Ph.D. from the Hebrew University. He joined the law faculty at the Hebrew University in 1986; since then, for twenty-four years, he taught there courses and seminars in taxation and corporate law. Since 2010 he has been lecturing at the IDC. Prof. Beer was a visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in 1990-92, a visiting research fellow at NYU Law School in 2009-2010, and a visiting professor at Columbia Law School in 2017 and 2019. His book: Military Professionalism and Humanitarian Law: The Struggle to Reduce the Hazards of War was published in 2018 by the Oxford University Press.

    Major General Beer's military career began when he was drafted in 1974 and joined the paratroopers' brigade. As a young officer, he took part in the 1976 rescue operation in Entebbe. He completed his mandatory service in the IDF in 1978. He continued to serve in the reserves rising through the ranks and combat commands until commanding a paratrooper's brigade (as a colonel) in 1995 and the Edom division (as a Brigadier General) in 2000. He also was then commander of the IDF's brigade commander's course. In May 2002 he joined the IDF's general staff when he was appointed President of the Israeli Military Court of Appeals and promoted to Major General. In 2007-2012 he was a Corps (3-5 IDF Army's divisions) commander.