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Oren Gross

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Professor Oren Gross is the Irving Younger Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute

for International Legal & Security Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School.


Prof. Gross is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of international law and national

security law. He is also an expert on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He holds an

LL.B. degree (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, where he served on the editorial

board of the Tel Aviv University Law Review. He obtained LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from

Harvard Law School while a Fulbright Scholar.


Professor Gross was a member of the faculty of the Tel Aviv University Law School in Israel

from 1996 to 2002. He also has taught and held visiting positions at Harvard Law School (where

he held the position of Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems during the

2012-13 academic year); Princeton University; the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew

University of Jerusalem; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; the Max Planck Institute for

International Law and Comparative Public Law in Heidelberg, Germany; the Transitional Justice

Institute in Belfast (while a British Academy visiting professor); Queen’s University in Belfast;

and the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He has received numerous academic

awards and scholarships, including a Fulbright scholarship and British Academy and British

Council awards.


Between 1986 and 1991, Professor Gross served as a senior legal advisory officer in the

international law branch of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In

1998, he served as the legal adviser to an Israeli delegation that negotiated an agreement with the

Palestinian Authority’s senior officials concerning the economic component of a permanent

status agreement between Israel and Palestine.


Professor Gross’s work has been published extensively. His articles appeared in leading

academic journals such as the Yale Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Michigan

Journal of International Law, Minnesota Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review. His book, Law

in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice, co-authored with Professor

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and was awarded

the prestigious Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship by the

American Society of International Law in 2007. His latest book (co-edited with Prof. Ní Aoláin),

Guantánamo and Beyond: Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative and

Policy Perspective, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.


Professor Gross joined the University of Minnesota in 2002 and was appointed the Vance K.

Opperman Research Scholar in 2003 and the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law in 2004. He was

appointed as the Irving Younger Professor of Law in 2005.


Professor Gross practiced law at Sullivan and Cromwell (New York) and is a member of both the

New York and Israeli bars. In 2008 he was elected as a member of the American Law Institute



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