Raef Zreik who was born in Eilaboun in the Galilee, is a prominent Palestinian lawyer and academic. He is currently Associate Professor in jurisprudence at Carmel Academic College in Haifa and academic co-director of Minerva Centre for the Humanities at Tel Aviv University.
Zreik earned a first degree in law (LLD) and a master degree in law (LLM) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem graduating cum laude. There he served as secretary of the Arab Students Union. After several years as a practicing lawyer in Haifa and Nazareth, he attended Columbia University in New York where he earned a master degree in law (LLM) and then Harvard University where he earned a doctorate from Harvard Law School. His dissertation dealt with Kant’s concept of right.
He is the editor of Qadaya, a journal on Israeli affairs published by Madar Centre in Ramallah, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Palestine Studies. His publications focus on political philosophy, legal theory, citizenship and politics of identity.