Prof. Uriel Reichman was born in Tel Aviv in 1942. He served in the paratroopers of the IDF, he fought the 6-Day War, War of Attrition and Yom Kippur. After his brother, Gad, fell in battle in the Yom Kippur War, he served as the president of a military tribunal, with the rank of major.
Prof. Reichman received both LL.B. and LL.M. (1967) degrees with honors from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned his doctoral degree in law (J.S.D.) at the University of Chicago Law School (1975). He served as the dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University and founded the Ramot Mishpat Law School, the first private college of its kind in Israel. In 1994, Prof. Reichman founded the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, the first private institution of higher education in Israel. He has served as its president for 12 years.
In the mid-1980s, Prof. Reichman initiated and headed the team which formulated a proposal for an Israeli constitution. He subsequently chaired the Movement for a Constitution in Israel and led the campaign to have the proposed constitution accepted and implemented. As a result, the Knesset passed legislation in 1992 that turned part of the proposed constitution into Basic Laws.
After the Yom Kippur War, Prof. Reichman joined Prof. Amnon Rubinstein to establish the Shinui Movement for Change. In 2005, he accepted a challenge by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to become the newly established Kadima Party’s candidate for minister of education. When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gave the portfolio to a coalition partner, Prof. Reichman resigned from the Knesset and returned to IDC Herzliya since his only interest was to try to help the country face its educational challenges, and not to serve in another portfolio. Upon his return, Prof. Reichman was reelected IDC Herzliya president.
Prof. Reichman has served on the boards of the First International Bank and Bank Hapoalim. He has chaired the Israel Bar Association’s Committee for Human Rights, headed and served as a member of several public committees, and proposed reforms in the real estate laws and in the professions of real estate surveying and brokerage.
Prof. Reichman is a Board member since June 2006.