Ilya joined Penn Law S.J.D. program in 2013 and was designated as the 2013-2015 Fox Fellow, after graduating with distinction and earning the LL.M. Excellence Award from Penn Law’s LL.M program (which he joined in 2012 as a Dean’s Scholar). In his doctoral studies, Ilya pursues his primary scholarly interests that lie at the intersection of criminal law theory and IHL. Moreover, he actively seeks opportunities to combine his theoretical research with real-world practical endeavors.
During Ilya’s time at Penn, he had the honor to serve as the Legislative Director of the Delaware Criminal Code Recodification (a comprehensive criminal code recodification project commissioned by the state of Delaware from the law school’s Criminal Law Research Group (CLRG)), and as the Director of Research of the law school’s national security Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL). Ilya was also a member of CLRG’s American Criminal Code Project, and CERL’s inaugural Fellow in National Security and Ethics.
Before coming to Penn, Ilya earned his joint LL.B. degree in law and psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, practiced litigation with Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, one of Israel’s leading law firms, worked as an educator at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and served as the Head of Weapons Department aboard Israel Navy Dolphin Class submarine.