To assist us in hosting the conference we are privileged to have Prof. Peter Oppenheimer of Christ Church as our convener and Prof. Shai Feldman, of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, Boston, and Baroness Ruth Deech, former principal of St. Anne's College, Oxford as members of our Advisory Committee. Finally, the organizers include Anna Sher, Avi Rozen and Naomi Berlin.
The conference will cover both Israeli and UK Perspectives on Israel today addressing questions of Identity, Social and Economic Factors, Security Challenges and International Relations and the role of these in The Peace Process in the Middle East Today.
This is an opportunity to hear and meet such distinguished speakers as Shlomo Avineri (Professor of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Peter David (Foreign Editor, The Economist), Shai Feldman (Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University), Stanley Fischer (Governer of the Bank of Israel), Dan Meridor (International Chair of the Jerusalem Foundation; former Minister of Justice (1992-96) and of Finance (1996-97)), Gideon Rachman (Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times), Asser Susser (Director, External Affairs; Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center), Yael Tamir (Minister of Education in Israel) and others.- University of Oxford
Baroness Ruth Deech
Professor the Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from St. Anne's College, Oxford, before going on to further legal studies in the U.S.A. and the Netherlands. Three years after being called to the Bar (Inner Temple), she returned to St. Anne's College, Oxford, where she took up the position of Tutorial Fellow in Law, a position she held until she became the Principal of the College in 1991.
During this period, Professor Deech held a number of highly prestigious international positions within academia, the legal profession and beyond. These include Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (2001-2004) and BBC Governor on the Audit and Fair Trade Committees (2002-2006). In 2004 she stepped down from her positions at Oxford and became the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (2004-2008).
Professor Deech's specialization is in reproductive law, medicine and ethics. Through this she was the Chairman of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1994-2002), a non-executive Director of the Oxfordshire Health Authority (1993-1994) and an ex officio member of the Human Genetics Commission (1991-2002).
Professor Deech's 2008/09 series of lectures focused on the legal and ethical issues surrounding reproductive medicine. Her 2009/10 series of lectures the place of various family relationships within the law since the 1960's, from divorce law to civil partnerships.
Professor Asher Susser earned his PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and is presently the Director for External Affairs of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at TAU. He was the Director of the Center from 1989 to1995 and again from 2001 to 2007and has taught for over twenty-five years in the Universityâ€™s Department of Middle Eastern History. Professor Susserâ€™s research and teaching at TAU has focused on Modern Middle Eastern History, Religion and State in the Middle East and Arab-Israeli issues, with special reference to Jordan and the Palestinians. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, a visiting professor at Cornell University (1986-7), the University of Chicago (1990) and Brandeis University (1998, 2007-8), and a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1987, 1996-7).
Professor Susser wrote the Political Biography of Jordanâ€™s Prime Minister Wasfi al- Tall (London: Cass, 1994) and is the author or editor of seven other books, the most recent of which are:
* Challenges to the Cohesion of the Arab State (editor, Moshe Dayan Center, 2008).
*Jordan: Case Study of a Pivotal State (Washington Institute, 2000).
*Six Days-Thirty Years, New Perspectives on the Six Day War (Hebrew) (editor, Am Oved, 1999).
He is presently engaged in the writing of a new book on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
In 2005, he was one of 33 Israelis (academics, security experts and politicians) included in a book (Hebrew) of interview/essays on the pros and cons of Israelâ€™s disengagement, compiled by Haâ€™aretz columnist Ari Shavit. In 2006 Professor Susser was selected as TAUâ€™s Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Lecturer.
Yael (Yuli) Tamir
Yael (Yuli) Tamir was born in Israel in 1954. She received a B.A. cum laude in Biology from the Hebrew University in 1978 and an M.A. in Political Science in 1985, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Oxford University in England (1989). She served in the IDF, completing her service with the rank of Lieutenant.
Tamir is a Professor of Political Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University and served as a Research Fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities as well as the Hartman Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She served as a member of the board of directors of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Israel Institute of Democracy. Prof. Tamir has authored several books as well as articles liberalism, nationalism, feminism, and the theory of rights.
In 1978 she was one of the founders of the Peace Now movement and a member of the Women's Lobby. From 1998-1999 she served as Chairperson of the Civil Rights Organization and was active in the Israel Labor Party from 1995-1999.
Yuli Tamir served as Minister of Immigrant Absorption from August 1999 until March 2001.
Elected to the Knesset in 2003, she served as a Member of the Knesset Finance, Constitution, Law and Justice, and Education, Culture and Sports Committees, as well as on the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee for Uncovering Corruption in the Government System of Israel.
In May 2006 Yuli Tamir was appointed Minister of Minister of Education. She served as acting Minister of Science, Culture and Sports from November 2006 until March 2007.
She is divorced and the mother of two.