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Ilya Rudyak, SJD Candidate

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Ilya Rudyak joined Penn Law S.J.D. program in 2013 and was designated as the 2013-2015 Fox Fellow. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Ilya graduated with distinction from Penn Law LL.M. program (which he joined in 2012 as a Dean’s Scholar) and was the recipient of the LL.M. Excellence Award. Ilya also holds a joint LL.B. degree in law and psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and before coming to Penn he practiced law as a litigation attorney, worked as an educator at Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, and served aboard Israeli Navy Dolphin Class submarines as the Head of Weapons Department.

Ilya’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of criminal law, international humanitarian law, and the morality of war. He also has a special interest in the legal and moral aspects of the Holocaust and their connection to contemporary perceptions of the rule of law.

Presently, Ilya serves as the Director of Research at the Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, and was the Center’s inaugural Fellow in National Security and Ethics. During his residence at Penn, he was also a Research Writing Fellow for Penn Law LL.M. program, and a member of the Criminal Law Research Group American Criminal Code project.

  • Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Law and Morality
  • Military Law
  • Law and the Holocaust

Fox Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2014)

Abraham Slavitt and Sylvan Cohen Scholarship for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (2014)

National Security and Ethics Fellowship, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2014)

Fox Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2013)

European Society Karen Iest Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2013)

Pro Bono Project Legacy Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2013)

William Donat Fellowship, Auschwitz Jewish Center (2013)

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2012-2013)

Hon. Judge Tebi Miller Award for Excellence in a Joint Degree Program, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (2009)

Dean’s List Citation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (2008)