Shani Schnitzer

Faculty of Law
מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי זוטר

General Information

Shani is a doctoral candidate in the direct course of studies toward a Ph.D. in Law at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies. Shani's main field of research is Israeli legal history. Her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Assaf Likhovski and Prof. Yoram Shachar, is centered primarily on Israeli judge-made law during the first decade of statehood.  


Shani earned her LL.B. (with honors) from Tel Aviv University. She had previously obtained a B.A. (with honors) in East Asian Studies from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. (with honors) in Legal Studies for Non-Jurists from Bar-Ilan University. Following her LL.B. studies, Shani completed a one-year legal internship at the Israeli Ministry of Justice (Office of Legal Counsel and Legislative Affairs).

Shani currently teaches a course for 1L students at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and serves as editor of ICON-S Israel's Blog. Her past teaching positions include TAU's Summer School on Israeli Law, held at The University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration; and TAU Dean of Students' Sawa Program. Shani has also served as teaching assistant in various courses, a position which she first assumed as an LL.B. student.


During her LL.B. studies, Shani served as research assistant to Prof. Assaf Likhovski and Dr. Amit Pundik. Shani was a member of TAU's Criminal Justice Clinic, as well as the editorial board of Theoretical Inquiries in Law – at first as assistant editor and subsequently as junior editor. In addition, Shani founded and led The David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History's Student Forum. Consequently, as a Ph.D. student, Shani founded and led The Berg Graduate Studies Forum.


Doctoral scholarship awarded by The Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies.

Doctoral scholarship awarded by The Buchmann Scholarship Fund.

Research scholarship from an Israel Science Foundation grant (no. 586/18 – Head Researcher: Prof. Assaf Likhovski).


Shani Schnitzer & Yoram Shachar, The Tel Aviv High Court of Justice: A Real Alternative Reality, 43 TAU L. Rev. 137 (2020) [Hebrew].

Shani Schnitzer, The High Court of Justice as a Battleground: Jewish Underground Militias between Mandate and State, ICON-S-IL Blog (Oct. 15, 2020) [Hebrew].

Shani Schnitzer, United Mizrahi Bank: a Slow Revolution or a Constitutional Setback?, ICON-S-IL Blog (Dec. 27, 2020) [Hebrew].

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