Caroline Zelaznik Gruss and Joseph S. Gruss Lecturer on Law in Talmudic Civil Law
Ayelet Hoffmann Libson is a scholar of Talmud and Jewish law, specializing in rabbinic law, the relationship between law and religion, and the history of Jewish law. An Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, she is also a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Professor Libson received a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. She was selected as an inaugural fellow for the Israel Democracy Institute's Program on Judaism and Human Rights and has also won several other fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Lady Davis Foundation, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. She has also pursued advanced graduate study in Talmud and Jewish Law at the MaTaN Advanced Talmud Institute and at the Beit Morasha Program in Jewish Law, both in Jerusalem.
Professor Libson teaches courses on rabbinic literature, the history of Jewish Law, and the intersection between religion and human rights. Her publications have appeared in several journals such as American Journal of Legal History and Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and she is the author of the forthcoming book Law and Self-Knowledge in the Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2017).