Itamar Mann

Prof. Itamar Mann

Vice Dean of Research

Prof. Mann’s research and teaching interests are in international law (especially at the intersections with refugee and migration law), environmental law, and legal theory. Alongside an introductory course on public international law, and one on jurisprudence, he teaches electives on human rights and environmental law.

A large part of Prof. Mann’s research focuses on legal, political, and ethical questions that arise from large scale migration. His book, Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in 2016. His articles appeared in leading journals including the European Journal of International Law, the Texas Law Review, and more. Since 2021, he is President of the Geneva based organization, Border Forensics. He is also a TED fellow and his talk can be viewed here.

Prior to coming to Haifa Prof. Mann was a National Security Law Fellow at Georgetown Law Centre. He holds JSD and LLM degrees from Yale Law School, and an LLB degree from Tel Aviv University.

  • environmental law
  • human rights
  • international criminal law
  • International law
  • political theory
  • refugee law

Selected Publications

Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, Cambridge University Press, 2016

Maritime Legal Black Holes: Migration and Rightlessness in International Law 29(2) European Journal of International Law (2018), 347-372

Eichmann’s Mistake: The Problem of Thoughtlessness in International Criminal Law, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2020), 154-181

Disentangling Displacements: Historical Justice for Mizrahim and Palestinians in Israel, Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2020), 427-458

The Right to Perform Rescue: Jurisprudence and Drowning, German Law Journal (2020), 598-619

Voting as a Vehicle for Self-Determination in Palestine and Israel, 100 Texas Law Review (forthcoming, 2022)

Yale Law School, JSD (2014)

Yale Law School, LLM (2010)

The Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, LLB, (2008)

Selected Media Appearances

Daniel Howden et al., Revealed: The Great European Refugee Scandal, The Guardian, March 12, 2020

Patrick Kingsley, Privatized Pushbacks: How Merchant Ships Guard Europe, The New York Times, March 20, 2020

Patrick Kingsley, Latest Tactic to Push Migrants from Europe? A Private, Clandestine Fleet, The New York Times, April 30, 2020

Ana Franca, Itamar Mann tem uma proposta para o problema da annexação da Cisjordânia: criar uma onda como na Africa do Sul o una America dos anos 50, Expresso, July 1, 2020 (Portugal)

Marta Goncalves, Nehnum de nós sabe o que lhes aconteceu, Expresso, July 3, 2020 (Portugal)

Kasper Goethals, Continent op Drift, De Standaard December 5, 2020 (Belgium)

Ana Franca, 2500 paginas que contam abusos sistematicos de migrantes as maos de varias policias europeias, Expresso, December 18, 2020 (Portugal)

Research and Teaching Interests

International law; political and legal theory; human rights law; refugees and migration; international criminal law; national security law; environmental law