IDC Herzliya receives approval to open a doctoral program in Law. The approval was granted following the recommendation of an International Committee, which determined that IDC meets the high standards of the leading research institutions in Israel and around the world. Prof. Aharon Barak, Former Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court and Senior Faculty Member at Harry Radzyner Law School at IDC, heads the doctorate committee.
Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of IDC Herzliya, stated following the approval that "today we open a new chapter in the history of IDC Herzliya – a chapter in which IDC will be officially recognized as the first private university in Israel. IDC, which celebrates 25 years to its foundation, proves that excellence and innovation in research can exist alongside excellence and innovation in teaching, educating for leadership and social responsibility. Within a very short while, we have turned into a leading institution in which over 7,000 students study in 10 different schools, 2,000 of whom study at the Raphael Recanati International School. We have reached significant and ground-breaking achievements without governmental subsidiary and despite long-standing attempts of the old academic establishment to block our progress, and I am glad for the recognition we have received recently from the CHE and the State of Israel".
The decision of the CHE is based on a unanimous recommendation of an international committee appointed by the CHE, assembled of senior professors from Cambridge and Michigan Universities. The committee examined 4 criterions: quality of IDC as a research institution; the quality of the law school; quality of the academic program; quality of the students. The committee determined that IDC meets all criterions and commended it for meeting the standards of the leading research institutions in Israel and around the world.
The committee also commended the quality of the law school's faculty and its international research reputation, as well as the interdisciplinary quality integrated in its academic programs, which enables writing unique doctorates. The committee also commended the innovation in legal research at IDC which deals with the interaction of law with emerging technologies, computer science and big-data.
Following the CHE approval, IDC Herzliya will begin the admission process for PhD candidates in law for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020).