Prof. Yuval Elbashan is Ono’s Dean of the Multicultural Campuses in Jerusalem. Previously, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law, which is Israel’s largest law faculty. Prof. Elbashan joined Ono, first as a faculty member and then as Dean of Social Development. He became responsible for managing the institution as a multicultural campus and the development and management of the institution’s social initiatives. In addition, he is responsible for the structuring of social responsibility as part and parcel of the professionalism of the institution’s students in all areas of study (law, accounting, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, health professions, management, business administration, and music).
Prof. Elbashan is an Israeli author, community lawyer, respected academic, and esteemed social activist with a record of grassroots and entrepreneurial establishment of programs dedicated to social justice. He served as both a Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and Director of Citizen Rights Centers of YEDID – The Association for Community Empowerment. He is the author of seven books – including a book of poems “Yesterday Finished trimming the bushes” (1994), ” Strangers in the Realm of the Law” – the access to justice in Israel (2005), a novel “Forever Flora” (Yedioth Books, 2009) which won critical acclaim. He’s also sold over 35,000 copies to date of a children’s book “Peanut the mouse and the cruel glue” ( 2010), a novel for young people of all ages “Sifu – Unfinished Story” (2011), and the novel “The Masada Case.” He served in 1987 as an officer in the elite unit of the Israeli Intelligence Corps and is now a major in the IDF reserves. Prof. Elbashan served as an advisor to Israel Defense Ministers Amir Peretz and Ehud Barak on social issues. He was contributing editor to Ma’ariv’s weekly column dedicated to social issues. He established and directed the Human Rights Unit at the Academic College of Law and the Clinical Center for Social Responsibility and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned an LL.B in Law from Tel Aviv University and an LL.M in Law from the Hebrew University, both with highest honors.