International Board

Sir Peter Roth - Chair
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Sir Peter Roth is a judge of the High Court of England and Wales, and the president of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal. He was previously in legal practice as a barrister, specialising in competition and public law. He was a Visiting Professor at King’s College, University of London until his judicial appointment, and in 1987 a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of legal books and articles and President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is the son of the late Dr Stephen Roth, in whose memory the Institute was established.

An academic lawyer, she was Principal of St Anne’s College, Oxford (1991 to 2004) and also chaired the UK Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, a national committee charged with regulating assisted reproductive treatments and embryo research. She was a Governor of the BBC (2002-2006) and a Rhodes Scholarships Trustee (1996-2006). From 2004 to 2008 she was the first Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education for England and Wales, the national campus ombudsman for 147 universities.  From 2009 she has chaired the Bar Standards Board, regulating barristers, their training, conduct and practice. In 2009 she completed a report for the Department of Health on Women Doctors -  Making a Difference.

She is a patron of the Community Security Trust, a member of the All Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group, and of the International Council of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  She has been Jewish Care Woman of Distinction and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ben Gurion University in 2012.

She was created a life peer in 2005 and sits in the House of Lords as a non-party legislator, where she speaks frequently on Jewish and Israeli matters. She is a member of the Lords Communications Select Committee which considers the media and the creative industries.


Prof. Menachem Fisch


Menachem Fisch holds the Joseph and Ceil Mazer Chair for History and Philosophy of Science, and is Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.   

He is former Chair of the Graduate School of Philosphy at Tel Aviv University, former President of the Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science, former Chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Israel Academy of Science. 

He has held visiting research positions at Queen’s College, Oxford, Trinity College, Cambridge, The Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Dibner Institute for Advanced Study in the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Collegium Budapest. 

Menachem Fisch is Chair of the Cohn Institute’s Board and Academic Committee, and serves as Co-Editor of the newly established HOPOS, The Journal of the International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science.

Prof. Sir Jeffrey Jowell

Sir Jeffrey Jowell

Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC is a practicing lawyer at Blackstone Chambers. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London (where he was twice Dean of the Law Faculty and a Vice Provost). He was knighted (KCMG) in the Queen's Honours List 2011 "for services to human rights, democracy and the rule of law".

Jowell served as the Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law since its launch in December 2010. 

He has also acted as constitutional advisor to a number of national governments in the Commonwealth, Asia and currently, in the Middle East, including assisting with the constitutions and public law of South Africa, Jersey, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and the Maldives. From 2000—2011 Jeffrey served as the UK's member on the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy through Law (The Venice Commission).

Prof. Eyal Naveh


Prof. Eyal Naveh is Chair of the History Department at Tel Aviv University and a professor of U.S. history at TAU. He is a Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he heads the Political Education project. Naveh was the chair of the General and Interdisciplinary Studies program at Tel Aviv University between 2003 and 2007.  In addition, he lectures at the Kibbutzim College of Education and is a member of its Academic Council

Since 2000, Prof. Naveh has led a team of Israeli history teachers engaged in writing a textbook, in conjunction with Palestinian history teachers, that presents both narratives alongside one another. The project is being conducted under the auspices of PRIME (Peace Research Institute in the Middle East), headed by Professors Dan Bar-On and Sami Adwan. Naveh has also served as advisor on the writing of a history textbook for Arab students who are citizens of Israel. As a member of the Salzburg Global Seminar project, Naveh is involved in efforts to promote historical justice and reconciliation. He is also a member of the academic council of Massuah - School for Holocaust Teaching.

Prof. Naveh has been a visiting professor at Venice International University, the University of Toronto, UC Berkeley, and Cornell University. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history (both summa cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, and completed his Ph.D. under a Fulbright scholarship at the History Department of UC Berkeley.

Dr. Martin Paisner Esq. CBE


Martin Paisner attended St Paul’s School, London(1956-1961), the Sorbonne, Paris(1961-1962), WorcesterCollege, Oxford(1962-1965) and the Universityof Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA(1966-1967). He obtained an MA from Oxfordand an LLM from Michiganand holds an Honorary PhD from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
Martin qualified as a solicitor in January 1970 and became a partner with Paisner & Co in 1972 (that firm having merged with Berwin Leighton to form Berwin Leighton Paisner in May 2001). He has specialised throughout his career in the areas of charity law and private client practice.

Prof. Robert Schwarcz


Dr. Robert Schwarcz, Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), is an internationally renowned neuroscientist, who has pioneered the study of molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.  The nephew of the late Dr. Stephen Roth, Dr. Schwarcz has been active in Jewish affairs since his youth and provides substantive academic as well as familial perspectives to the Board.  

Ex-officio member: Prof. Leo Corry, Dean of the Faculty


Prof. Leo Corry is the Dean of the faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University. His research interest
s are in the History of Modern Algebra; History of Number Theory; Mathematical Physics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century; The Euclidean Tradition in The Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period; David Hilbert and the Göttingen School; Nicolas Bourbaki and its Influence on Modern Mathematics; History of General Relativity; The Intellectual World of Albert Einstein; Modernism and Science; Science in Israel; Science in Latin America; The Intellectual World of Jorge Luis Borgese.


Prof. Natan Lerner
Prof. Natan Lerner was an active board member until December, 2015


Born in Poland and educated in Argentina, he obtained his law degree in 1950and his doctorate in Law and Social Sciences in 1958, both from Buenos Aires University. He was a practicing lawyer in Buenos Aires until 1963, when hesettled in New York and worked as one of the representatives of the WorldJewish Congress at the United Nations. In Israel since 1966, he was director of the Israeli Branch of the World JewishCongress until 1983. From 1984 to 1989 was director of the International Center for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. Simultaneously, he taughtInternational Law and Human Rights at the University level. Since 1989 hismain activity is university teaching. Since his retirement from Tel AvivUniversity, after more than 20 years of teaching, Professor Lerner teaches at theInterdisciplinary Center Herzliya. His main course is International Law and healso conducts seminaries on, among other subjects, State and Religion, Racial Discrimination, Minorities and Genocide. He lectures frequently abroad, is on the experts list of international organizations, and was Consultant to the UNESCO on racial discrimination.

Lerner is the author of the following books in English: Religion, Beliefsand Human Rights (Leiden, 2006); Religion, Beliefs and International Human Rights (New York, 2000); Group Rights and Discrimination in International Law(The Hague, 2003); The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Alphen an den Rijn, 1980); The Crime of Incitement to Group Hatred (New York, 1965).

He also published several books in Spanish. His books on Racial Discriminationand on Religion were translated into Japanese, and the one on Group Rights intoSpanish. He is the author of many articles in Spanish, English and Hebrew,published in books and journals of Israel, the USA, Spain, Argentina and other countries.

[The Roth Institute mourns the passing of long time board member Prof. Natan Lerner]

Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, KBE


Sir Nigel Rodley KBE is Professor of Law and Chair of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex where he has taught since 1990. He is a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (since 2001) and a former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (1993-2001). He is also a Commissioner and President-designate of the International Commission of Jurists and Trustee of the Freedom from Torture (former Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. He is a member of Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Advisory Group on Human Rights (established November 2010). He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Israel Law Review.

He was the founding head of Amnesty International's Legal Office (1973-1990). A former Research Fellow at New York University's Centre for International Studies (1970-73), he has taught at Dalhousie University (1965-68), the New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty (1969-72) and the London School of Economics (1973-1990), where he was also a Research Fellow in 1983. He served at UN Headquarters in New York as an Assistant and then Associate Economic Affairs Officer (1966, 1968-69).

Honours: knighted in 1998 for services to human rights and international law; honorary LLD, Dalhousie University (2000); American Society of International Law Goler T Butcher Medal for distinguished work in human rights (2005); Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Forensic Law and medicine (2008).

His publications include the landmark and now standard work The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law (Oxford University Press; 3rd edn., 2009, with Matt Pollard.

[The Roth Institute mourns the passing of long time board member Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley]

[Obituary of Sir Nigel Rodley]