Avishalom
Westreich

College of Law and Business, Israel
Israel Institute Visiting Faculty Fellowship; Roberta and Stanley Bogen Visiting Scholar

Research Topic

The Civil Revolution of Jewish Law in Israel

Bio

Avishalom Westreich is an associate professor of Jewish law, family law, and jurisprudence at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is also a research fellow at the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and an honorary research fellow at the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on talmudic law, modern family law—mainly marriage, divorce (in particular: the agunah problem), and reproduction—and on the relationships between rabbinical and civil courts in Israel.

Westreich received his PhD in the talmudic laws of tort from Bar-Ilan University. He has taught at the College of Law and Business and Sha'are Mishpat College, the Haifa University Faculty of Law, and the Striks School of Law.

Selected publications

  • Assisted Reproduction in Israel: Law, Religion, and Culture (Brill, 2018)
  • Talmud-Based Solutions to the Problem of the Agunah (Agunah Research Unit, 2012)

Fellowship

2022–2023

Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.