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Nili Cohen (born 1947) is an Israeli professor and legal expert. She is a recipient of the Israel Prize,[1] and is the President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, succeeding Prof. Ruth Arnon,[2] Cohen's role model.[3]


Nili Cohen was born in Kfar Saba, 1947.[4] She grew up and was educated in Tel Aviv, graduating from graduated from Ironi Dalet High School.[4] Her father was a teacher in that city.[3] Cohen's grandmother, Batsheva (Bertha) Friedberg Grabelsky, lived in Manhattan, and married a Belarus immigrant, Boris Grabelsky. Bertha was an editor, translator, Hebraist, and Zionist, who, in the 1920s, published Eden, a newspaper for Jewish teenagers.[3]

An alumnus of Tel Aviv University (TAU), where Cohen received her LL.B., LL.M., and Ph.D. degrees, she was the co-founding editor of the TAU Law Review. In 1998, Cohen received an Honorary Degree from the University of Buenos Aires.[5]

She serves as the Benno Gitter Chair in Comparative Contract Law and is the director of the Beverly and Raymond Sackler Fund for Human Rights in Private Law. From 1994 to 1997, she was the Vice-Rector (1994–1997) of TAU, and served as the Rector from 1997 till 2001.[5] She is the Professor emeritus of TAU's Buchmann Faculty of Law.[1] Cohen became a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences in 2004,[3] and was elected its president in 2015.[1]

Cohen is a widow; her husband, Amiram Cohen, had been a lawyer. They have two daughters and one son.[3]


  • Member, American Law Institute[5]
  • Member, Academic Council of Venice International University[6]
  • Associate Member, International Academy for Comparative Law[5]
  • Former member, Committee of the Codification of Israeli Law[5]


  • 2003/4, 2004/5, and 2014/5, Rector Prize for Excellence in Teaching[5]
  • 2002, Minkoff Prize for excellence in Law[5]
  • 1986 and 1991, Sussman Prize[5]
  • 1989, Zeltner Prize[5]

Selected worksEdit

  • Interference with Contractual Relations
  • Inducing Breach of Contract
  • Contracts A, B, C, D (co-author)
  • Comparative Remedies for Breach of Contract (edited with Ewan McKendrick; also contributed a chapter)


  1. ^ a b c "Prof. Nili Cohen to receive Israel Prize in Law". TAU Trust UK. Tel Aviv University Trust. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  2. ^ Siegel-Itzkovich, Judy (10 June 2015). "Second woman professor will become president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities - HEALTH & SCIENCE - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Siegel-Itzkovich, Judy (1 January 2017). "Bringing academia down from its ivory tower - HEALTH & SCIENCE - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Nili Cohen" (pdf). Board of Governors, University of Haifa. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Prof. Nili Cohen". The Buchmann Faculty of Law. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Prof. Nili Cohen". Retrieved 28 June 2019.