Professor Orna Ben-Naftali is a full professor, Rector of the College of Management Academic Studies (COLMAN), and a member of the Haim Striks School of Law, where she served as Dean (2008-2011) and where she holds the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights. She holds an LL.B. from Tel-Aviv University (1982), an MA (History) from Harvard University (1986) and a M.A.L.D. (1985) and a Ph.D (1990) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Professor Ben-Naftali taught at Brandeis University, was the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence and a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg.
She worked at the Department of Peacekeeping Operation, the United Nations.
Prof. Ben-Naftali served on the editorial board of the European Journal of International Law, and is currently a member of the advisory board of editors of Humanity and the Max Planck Trialogue on the Laws of War and Peace.
She served as the Chairwoman of the board of Yesh-Din – Volunteers for Human Rights and currently (2017-2018) serves as the Chairman of the Sapir Prize in Literature Judges Committee.
She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in the field of international law. Her most recent book (co-authored with Michael Sfard and Hedi Viterbo) is The ABC of the OPT: A Legal Lexicon of the Israeli Control over the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Cambridge University Press 2018). Research Interests and teaching include; Public International Law, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Culture.