Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Dr. Rotem Giladi

Email: giladi(at)

Phone: +49 341 21735-50


Working at the Dubnow Institute as a Research Associate since June 2017. Studied Law at the University of Essex (LL.B.), and completed his master degree in Law (LL.M.) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in International Law at the University of Michigan Law School. Doctoral Candidate between 2008 and 2011 at the University of Michigan Law School; subject of S.J.D. thesis: »Occupation, Humanity, Order. A Critique of International Humanitarian Law.« Worked as legal and policy adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross, and taught International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, where he is a docent in International Law.

Research Project

Jews, Sovereignty, and International Law: Ideology, Identity, and Ambivalence in Early Israeli Diplomacy

Research Interests

  • History of International Law
  • Diplomatic history, especially Israeli diplomacy of the first decade (1948–1957)
  • Jewish diplomacy and modern Jewish history



Essays and Articles

A »Historical Commitment«? Identity and Ideology in Israel's Attitude to the Refugee Convention 1951–4, in: The International History Review 37 (2015), no. 4, 745–767.


Not Our Salvation. Israel, the Genocide Convention, and the World Court 1950–1951, in: Diplomacy & Statecraft 26 (2015), no. 3, 473–493.


The Role of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in: Andrew Clapham/Paola Gaeta/Marco Sassòli (eds.), The 1949 Geneva Conventions. A Commentary, Oxford 2015, 525–548 (together with Steven Ratner).


The Utility and Limits of Legal Mandate. Humanitarian Assistance, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Mandate Ambiguity, in: Andrej Zwitter et al.(eds.), Humanitarian Action. Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses, Cambridge 2015, 81–106.


The Enactment of Irony. Reflections on the Origins of the Martens Clause, in: European Journal of International Law 25 (2014), no. 3, 847–869.


The International Court of Justice, in: Yuval Shany (ed.), Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts, Oxford 2014, 161–188 (together with Yuval Shany).


A Different Sense of Humanity. Occupation in Francis Lieber's Code, in: International Review of the Red Cross 94 (2012), no. 885, 81–116.


Francis Lieber on Public War, in: Goettingen Journal of International Law 4 (2012), no. 2, 447–477.


Reflections on Proportionality, Military Necessity and the Clausewitzian War, in: Israel Law Review 45 (2012), no. 2, 323–340.


Out of Context. »Undercover« Operations and IHL Advocacy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in: Journal of Conflict and Security Law 14 (2010), no. 3, 393–439.


The »Jus Ad Bellum/Jus In Bello« Distinction and the Law of Occupation, in: Israel Law Review 41 (2008), no. 1–2, 246–301.


The Role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in a Future Permanent-Status Settlement in Jerusalem. Legal, Political, and Practical Aspects, in: Ora Ahimeir/Marshall J. Breger (eds.), Jerusalem. A City and Its Future, Syracuse, N. Y., 2002, 175–221 (together with Reuven Merhav).