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Prof. Mohammed Wattad

Dean of Law at Zefat Academic College

Mohammed Wattad (LL.B., LL.M., JSD) is an Associate Professor and the Dean of Law at Zefat Academic College.

He is a legal scholar specializing in international and comparative criminal law, comparative constitutional law, international law and legal issues surrounding war, torture and terrorism, and Medical Law.

He is the 2020 winner of the prestigious Zeltner Young Scholar Award; the 2015 winner of the Best Young Scholar Award on Israel Studies; the 2014 winner of the Excellent Lecturer Award of Zefat Academic College; the 2010 winner of the Maof Prize granted for Excellent Israeli Arab Academic Scholars by Israel's Council for Higher Education; and the 2007 and the 2008 winner of the Best Legal Oralist Award of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences.

Prof. Wattad is a graduate of Haifa University School of Law, including studies as an exchange student at Oxford University.

He accomplished the Masters studies of the Direct Program for Doctoral Studies in Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prof. Wattad holds a Masters of Law degree from Columbia University, where he earned as well his Doctorate of Juridical Science in Law, as a Fulbright Scholar. He completed post doctorate work, as a Halbert Fellow, at the Munk Center and the Faculty of Law at Toronto University in Canada, where he was also a visiting scholar, and another post doctorate work, as a Minerva Fellow, at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

In all academic institutions that Wattad attended, he graduated with distinction, in addition to being included in the Dean's List.

Currently, Professor Wattad serves as an Associate Professor of Law at Zefat Academic College in Israel, where he serves also as Dean of Law.

Between 2014-2016 he served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Irvine, both at the Department of Political Science and the School of Law. Since 2018 he serves as a Research Fellow at the Int’l Center for Health, Law and Ethics of Haifa University. Between 2003-2004, he served as a legal clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel under the supervision of Justice Dalia Dorner. Between 2010-2015 he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal 'Medicine and Law'. And, since 2012 he serves as a member of the General Assembly and of the Presidential Board of Israel Press Council.

Prof. Wattad has expertise in the history of Israel and issues of self-image and identity in multi-cultural societies. He has written and spoken extensively on societal challenges confronting the Middle East and Israel, including relations between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens and Israel’s external relations with surrounding Arab states.

Besides, Prof. Wattad is devoted to volunteering activities in the community and the society, inter alia, as a Rotarian since 2008 (where he was elected as the 2020-2021 President of the Stella Maris-Haifa Club).


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