Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Chair in Politics, Reach Out Director, and Director of the Middle East Study Group (MESG)

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

School of Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 465024

Raphael Cohen-Almagor is Professor and Chair in Politics and the Founder and Director of the Middle East Study Group (MESG) at the University of Hull.

He previously served as director of a large NGO, director of three centres of excellence, chairperson of his department and (Acting) Deputy Dean for Research at the University.

Raphael has taught in many prestigious universities in the UK, the US and Israel, including Oxford University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, UCLA and Johns Hopkins University.

He has published extensively in the fields of political science, philosophy, law, media ethics and medical ethics.


Research Interests

  • Peace studies
  • Media ethics
  • Medical ethics
  • Israeli politics
  • Political extremism
  • Internet studies
  • Culture studies and multiculturalism
  • Freedom of expression
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict

Research groups

  • Advisory Board, Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), South Africa (2009-2011).
  • International Advisory and Research Council of the Inter-University Center for Middle East Studies (IUCMES), Washington DC (2009-2012).
  • Consultant, Emerging Biotechnologies, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2011-2012).
  • Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) Task Force (2011-2013).
  • Inaugural Member of the Advisory Committee, Initiative on Youth-oriented Online Hate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (2014- ).
  • Validation external panel of experts, Leeds Trinity University, programmes in politics and international relations (2016).
  • Chair, Annual Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation in Israel Studies (2016-2017).
  • Board Member, The International Association of Israel Studies (2017- ).
  • Board member, Global Listening Centre (2017- ).
  • Chair, Yonathan Shapira Prize for best book in Israel Studies, Association for Israel Studies (2017-2018).
  • Ethics and Policy Initiative, Durham University (2017- ).


Cohen-Almagor R, Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway, Cambridge University Press and Woodrow Wilson Centre Press (2015)

Cohen-Almagor R, The Scope of Tolerance: Studies on the Costs of Free Expression and Freedom of the Press, Routledge (2006)

Cohen-Almagor R, Euthanasia in the Netherlands: The Policy and Practice of Mercy Killing, Springer-Kluwer (2004)

Cohen-Almagor R, Speech, Media, and Ethics: The Limits of Free Expression, Palgrave-Macmillan (2001)

Cohen-Almagor R, The Right to Die with Dignity: An Argument in Ethics, Medicine, and Law, Rutgers University Press (2001)

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Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography
  • Media, Politics and Ethics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Understanding America
  • International Relations
  • Challenges International Politics
  • Power of Ideas

Research PhDs

I welcome applications in the following areas.

  • Social responsibility on the internet
  • Terror and crime on the internet
  • Media coverage of war
  • Freedom of expression
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Peace studies
  • Multiculturalism
  • Euthanasia and death-with-dignity

Completed PhDs

  • Sharon Amir, The Internet in Service of Public Representative: Comparative Analysis, University of Haifa
  • Vladislav Ternopolsky, Human Cloning, Embryo Cloning, and Genetic Engineering, University of Haifa

Current PhD supervisions

  • Joseph Ness, Comparative Study of End-of-Life Legislation, University of Hull (2017- )


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (with distinction) (Tel Aviv)
  • MA with distinction (Tel Aviv)
  • DPhil (Oxford)

External roles

Member of

  • Oxford University Alumni Association (1992- )
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA) Study Group on Democratisation in Comparative Perspective (1993- )
  • The Israel Association for Canadian Studies (1995- )
  • The UNESCO International Clearinghouse on Children and Violence on the Screen (1998- )
  • International Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy (2001- )
  • Institute of Communication Ethics, University of Lincoln (2005- )
  • Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull (2007- )
  • Association for Israel Studies (2008- )
  • Association of Internet Researchers (2008- )
  • The Internet Society (2008- )
  • Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars Alumni Association (2008- )
  • Chevening Alumni Alliance (2010- )
  • Fulbright Alumni Association (2010- )European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS) (2011- )
  • Centre for End of Life Studies (2013- )
  • Political Science Association (2017- )

Serves on

Awards and accolades

Raised a combined total of more than £1.2 million in grants, scholarships and fellowships.

  • The European Project, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Volkswagen Foundation (1992-1998) (1,500,000 German Marks)
  • The Van Leer Medical Ethics Think-tank (1995-1998) ($30,000)
  • Fellow, The 21st Century Trust, London (1994 - 1998) ($10,000)
  • Visiting Fellow, The Hastings Centre, New York (to work on my books on media ethics and medical ethics, January-February 1994 and March 1999) ($5,100)
  • Faculty Enrichment Award and two research awards granted by the Canadian Government, to conduct research in Canada on the right to die with dignity, ethics in the media, hate speech and Canadian constitutional law (1995, 1998, 2002) ($10,000)
  • The Yigal Alon Scholarship (Milgat Alon) (1995-1998) ($200,000)
  • Grant from the University of Haifa to organise an international conference in memory of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (January 1997) ($30,000)
  • Visiting Scholar, St Catherine’s College, Oxford (August-October 1997)
  • British Council Chevening Scholarship, media ethics research. All Souls College residency, Oxford. Sponsor: Professor G A Cohen (offered for 12 months; took three months - August-October 1997) ($5,000)
  • Grants, Stifterverband fur die Deutsche Wissenschaft; The British Council; TEVA, and The Israel Cancer Association, Medical Ethics at the Close of the 20th Century (January 1998) ($7,000)
  • The Israeli Ministry of Science (1998) ($35,000)
  • The Fulbright – Yitzhak Rabin Award (1999-2000) ($50,000)
  • The Israel Ministry of Science (2001) ($8,000)
  • Residency Fellowship, The Rockefeller Foundation Center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy (February 2002) http://www.rockfound.org
  • The Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences Scholarship (summer 2002)
  • Senior Fellowship, Institute for Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University (2003-2004)
  • Residency Fellowship, The Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Centre in Bogliasco, Italy (2005). http://www.liguriastudycenter.org/
  • USA-Israel Cultural Fund, the American Embassy, Tel Aviv (2006) ($5,000)
  • The 1970 Trust, England (2006) (£6,000)
  • Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (2007-2008) ($90,000)
  • Grants, The Middle East Study Group (2013) (£70,000)
  • AHRC Research Network: Crossing Over – New Narratives of Death, PI Dr David Kennedy (2013-2015) (£33,000)
  • Grant, sponsoring three MA Scholarships in Middle East Studies (2014-2015) (£30,000)
  • The 1970 Trust, England (2013-2015) (£9,000)
  • Grant, sponsoring the MESG (2014-2016) (£20,000)
  • Grant, the Swiss National Science Foundation (2016-2017)

Entries in books of distinction

  • Entry in Outstanding People of the 20th Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge (1999)
  • Entry in Who's Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who (1999-2016).
  • Entry in Asia/Pacific Who’s Who, Rifacimento International, India (2002-2007)
  • Entry in The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, Vol 11, American Biographical Institute (2003)
  • Entry in Asia – Men & Women of Achievement, Reguerdon and Co, India (2003)
  • Entry in Contemporary Who's Who, American Biographical Institute (2002-2003)
  • Entry in Reference Asia: Asia's Who’s Who of Men and Women of Achievement, Rifacimento International, India (2003)
  • Entry in American Biography (2004)
  • Entry in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 5th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who (2004-2005)
  • Entry in Biography Fame International, Special Issue, Vol. VII (2004)
  • Entry in the Contemporary Who's Who of Professionals, American Biographical Institute (2004/2005)
  • Entry in Asian/American Who’s Who, Vol IV, Rifacimento International, India (2005)
  • Entry in Biography Today, Vol III, Rifacimento International, India (2005)
  • Entry in The Contemporary Who's Who of Professionals, American Biographical Institute (2005)
  • Entry in Distinguished and Admirable Achievers, South-Asia Intl. Publication Company (2006)
  • Entry in Afro-Asian Who's Who, Vol I, Rifacimento International, India (2006)
  • Entry in The Dictionary of International Biography, Vol 36, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge (2011).
  • Entry in Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21th Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge (2014)
  • Entry in Leading Professionals of the World, International Biographical Centre (2014)
  • Entry in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21th Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge (2015)

Professional highlights

  • Founded and headed the Centre for Democratic Studies at the University of Haifa (2003-2007)
  • Appointed to reorganise and manage the Information and Library Studies at the University of Haifa (2000)
  • Established the Medical Ethics Think Tank at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (1995)
  • Established the Second Generation to the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Organisation in Israel (1983)
  • The Israel Press Council (1997-2000).
  • Member, Public Committee on the Dying Patient, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem (2000-2002) (appointed to draft Israel’s Dying Patient Law).