Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor

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

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • School of Politics and International Studies


  • PhD (University of Oxford)


Raphael Cohen-Almagor completed his DPhil in Political Theory at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, where he worked with Geoffrey Marshall, Wilfrid Knapp and Isaiah Berlin. He is now Professor of Politics, University of Hull. Raphael taught, inter alia, at Oxford (UK), Jerusalem, Haifa (Israel), UCLA, Johns Hopkins (USA) and Nirma University (India). He was also Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London. In 2021-2022, he is Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and in 2023 2023 The Olof Palmes's Guest Professorship, Lund University, Sweden.

Raphael is the founder of Israel’s “Second Generation to the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance” Organization, The University of Haifa Center for Democratic Studies, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Medical Ethics Think-tank, and The University of Hull Middle East Study Group. Raphael has published extensively in the fields of politics, philosophy, media ethics, medical ethics, law, sociology and history. His main books are: The Boundaries of Liberty and Tolerance (1994), The Right to Die with Dignity (2001), Speech, Media and Ethics (2001, 2005), Euthanasia in The Netherlands (2004), The Scope of Tolerance (2006, 2007), The Democratic Catch (2007), Confronting the Internet's Dark Side (2015), and Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism (2021). He Is now working on Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Critical Study of Peace Mediation, Facilitation and Negotiations between Israel and the PLO (forthcoming).

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Digital Promotion of Suicide: A Platform-Level Ethical Analysis

Cohen-Almagor, R., & Lehman-Wilzig, S. (2022). Digital Promotion of Suicide: A Platform-Level Ethical Analysis. Journal of Media Ethics,

Why Separate State and Religion?

Cohen-Almagor, R. (2022). Why Separate State and Religion?. Israel Studies, 27(2), 76-91.

Internet Crime Enabling: Stalking and Cyberstalking

Cohen-Almagor, R., & Trottier, D. (2022). Internet Crime Enabling: Stalking and Cyberstalking. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, 439 LNNS, 843-859.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Hate Speech

Cohen-Almagor, R. (2022). Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Hate Speech. International journal of technoethics, 13(1), 1-17.

Lessons from peace negotiations: interview with Ehud Olmert

Cohen-Almagor, R. (2021). Lessons from peace negotiations: interview with Ehud Olmert. Israel affairs, 27(6), 1160-1189.

Research interests

Ethics, Political Theory, Public Policy, Security, Peace, Human Rights; Internet, Comparative Politics

Postgraduate supervision

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- )