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Dr. Orr Karassin

Dr. Orr Karassin
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The Open University The Dorothy De Rothschild Campus One University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 43107, Israel
Office:972-9-7780698 Email:karassin@openu.ac.il

 

Biography

Orr Karassin is a lecturer in law and environmental regulation. She completed her LL.B at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, LL.M magnum cum laude at the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law and Ph.D at Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law. Karassin received the Rothschild Fellowship and was a research fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Karassin works on the intersection of regulation and the environment. Her main research interests include private and public regulation of the environment, corporate sustainability and climate change regulation. Karassin is the author of Enforcement of Environmental Regulations: Increasing the Effectiveness of Environmental Protection Policies (in Hebrew). She has authored or co-authored articles on regulating climate change adaptation, funding mechanisms for climate change adaptation, interactions between private and public environmental regulation and antecedents to corporate social and environmental responsibility. Karassin has been responsible for the curriculum development of the public law program at the Open University. She is currently working on book on Regulation- from Theory to Practice to be published by the Open University Press. Karassin has been named by "Maariv" as one of the 10 'Dreamers' among 100 most influential people and groups promoting environmental protection in Israel. She is currently serving as a professional representative of Israel on the Compliance Committee of the UNEP Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Research Interests and Teaching

Regulation, regulatory methods and theories, environmental law, regulation and policy, climate change law and policy, corporate social responsibility and sustainability

 

 

2010
Hebrew University, Geography Department, Post-Doc
2008-2009
London School of Economics (LSE), Grantham Climate Change Research Institute, Geography Department, Post-Doc
2005-2008
Bar Ilan University, Law, PhD supervised by Prof. Oren Perez
2000-2002
Tel Aviv University, Law, Master of Law (LLM) (Magna Cum Laude) supervised by Prof. Alon Tal and Dr. Shmuel Brenner
1994-1997
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Law, Bachelor of Law (LLB)
2011-
Responsible for curriculum development of the Public Law Program, the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
2011-
Member of Graduate Degree Committee- Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University
2010-2011
Head of Teaching Committee, Law School, Sapir Academic College
2010-2011
Head of Clinical Program, Law School, Sapir Academic College
2011-
Research Associate- The Open University Research Institute for Policy Analysis
2010
Research fellow- Geography Department, Faculty of Social Sciences   Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
2010- 2014
Research fellow- Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies- Center for Environmental Policy
2006-2009
Research fellow- Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies- Center for Environmental Policy
 
2016
CRR –Corporate Responsibility Research Conference - Best Paper Award (not monetary)
2014
Professional- Non Academic- Included in Maariv's list of 10 Dreamers and 100 most influential people and groups promoting environmental protection in Israel
2008-2009
Rothschild Foundation (YadHanadiv) Scholarship for Post-Doctoral Fellows (50,000USD).
2008
British Council, Chevening-Lord Goodman Scholarship (£20,000 awarded but not granted)
2004-2007
Bar Ilan University- President Excelling Doctoral Candidates Scholarship-(40,000USD)
2005
Wolf Foundation Prize for excelling doctoral candidates (5000 NIS)
1998
International Law Competition Hebrew University First Prize (5000 NIS)

2014 -2013 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung- Research Grant -Corporate Social Responsibility in the Israeli Industrial Sector (together with Prof. Aviad Bar-Haim) (21,500€)

2009-2010 Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies- Center for Environmental Policy Re-examining Environmental Liability Regimes (24,000$USD)

2007 Government of Canada Faculty Research Project Award (FRP) - A comparative view on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (4,800$CAN)

2006-2007 Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies- Centre for Environmental Policy - Enforcement of Environmental Regulations: Increasing the Effectiveness of Environmental Protection Policies (24,000$USD)

2005-2006 JNF Ecology Fund - Effectiveness of Enforcement and Compliance in Building and Construction Waste Violations (13,000$USD)

2005 Israeli Criminology Association - Effectiveness of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (1,300$USD)

2002-2003 Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies- Centre for Environmental Policy - Law and Policy of Contaminated Lands (12,500$USD)

2016-
Expert member appointed by the Government of Israel to the Compliance Committee of the Barcelona Convention (a UNEP convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea) 
2016-
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies – Steering committee member for Israeli- Jordanian  Palestinian joint research and projects initiative
2014
Head of Judges Committee – Green Living in Israel- the first Israeli green building competition for architects
2013-
Board Member of the Israeli Society for Ecology and Environmental  Sciences (ISEES)
2011-2015
Chair of KKL-JNF Committee for Sustainable Development
2007- 2011
Head of the KKL-JNF delegation and member of Official Delegation of the State of Israel to the U.N Conferences on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 17, COP 16, COP 15, COP 13)
2010-2011
Judge for the Ford Foundation Conservation and Environmental Grants Program
2004-2006
City of Tel-Aviv Water and Waste-Water Municipal Corporation: Board of Directors
2002-2003
IPCRI (Israel-Palestinian Centre for Research and Information) working group on sustainable water management
2000-2003
The "National Council for Quality of the Environment"- appointed as member by the Israeli Government
2002
Head of Israel's Environmental NGO Delegation to WSSD- World Summit on Sustainable Development – Johannesburg South Africa

2017     Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences 2017 Annual Conference, Israel: organizing committee member and head of social science track   

2017      25 Years Since the "Constitutional Revolution" - At the Open University

2016    Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences  2016 Annual Conference, Israel: organizing committee member and head of social science track 

2015    Environmental Regulation – Experimenting Across Scales, an international research workshop: co-initiated and organized with Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty and Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty.

 2014     Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences Annual Conference, Israel: Organizing committee member (head of social science track) 

2014    CSR in the Israeli Industrial Sector- the Open University Israel: initiated and organized

2013    Democratization of Risk Governance- An international research Workshop, in conjunction with Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty and Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty.

2013     Conference, From Our Neighbourhood to the Global Village- Do Local Actions contribute to Global Environmental Protection? The Open University Israel: co- initiated and organized.

2012      Are we beyond the point of no- return: on Inter-generation Responsibility, Climate Denial and International Efforts to Cope with Climate Change- A conference of the alumni of the Open University –
co-organized. 

2009    From Freezing Copenhagen to a Warming Reality- Conference outcomes and Their Impact on Israel- a Legal Perspective”- Jointly initiated and organized with the Tel Aviv University Center for Law 
and the Environment. “

2005     Innovations in Environmental Protection- A Conference of the Department of Environment and Geography at Bar-Ilan University, initiated and organized.

 2002     A conference on "National Priorities in Environmental Protection" with the Nee'man Institute for Advanced Research in Science and Technology (Technion).


2002    Conference on "Clean Energy" at the International Exhibition of Environmental Technologies-Israel: initiated and organized.

2001     Co- initiated and organized: "Developments in Environment and Law" a conference in the Natanya Academic College.

Karassin, O., (2009). Enforcement of Environmental Regulations: Increasing The Effectiveness Of Environmental Protection Policies. Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (in Hebrew).

Karassin, O., (2005). Remediation of Contaminated Land- Policy and Law. Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies  (in Hebrew).

Karassin O. and Perez O. (2017 forthcoming) "Shifting Between Public and Private: The Reconfiguration of Global Environmental Regulation"  Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (in English).

Karassin O. and Bar-Haim A. (2016),  A  Multilevel Model of Corporate Environmental Responsibility, Journal of Environmental Management (in English).

Karassin O., (2014) The doctrine of punitive damages in Israeli law: A reassessment, Bar Ilan Law Studies 29(2): 571-653 (in Hebrew) 

Karassin O.,( 2013) "Multilateral Climate Change Funds and the Governance of Climate Risks". Journal Of International Organization Studies 4(1): 49-76 (in English).

Karassin O., (2011) "Review article: The Elusive Hand and Deep Pocket- A Review of Funding Arrangements of Contaminated Land Remediation", Ecology and the Environment, 2(4):30-34. (in Hebrew)

Karassin, O., (2010). Mind the Gap: Knowledge and Need in Regulating Adaptation to Climate Change. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 22(3): 383-431. (in English)

Karassin, O. (2007). "Punishing Offences Against the Environment and Public Health: Rhetoric and Practice",  Bar Ilan Law Studies , 23 (2). 433-485. (in Hebrew)

Karassin, O. (2003). "Environmental Considerations in the National Planning System". Land, 56. 66-109. (in Hebrew)

Karassin, O.and  Bar Haim A. (2016 under review)  Institutional and Organizational factors of Corporate Social Responsibility focused HRM (in English)

Karassin O. and Bar Haim A. (2016 under review) Simulation in a Multilevel Model of CSR  (in Hebrew)

Karassin O. and Perez O. (2017 forthcoming) "Public and Private Interactions in Global Environmental Governance", in Richards K. and Van Zeben J. (eds.) Policy Instruments in Environmental Law, Edward Elgar (in English). 

Karassin O. and Bar Haim A., (2015)  "Explaining Corporate Social Performance through Multilevel Analysis," In Rayman-Bacchus L. and Walsh P. (eds.,) Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development: the nexus of private and public interests, Routledge Press,  pp. 119-148 (in English).

Karassin, O., (2013). "Battle of the True Believers: Environmentalism in Israeli Party Politics." in Daniel Orenstein, Alon Tal, Char Miller, (eds.), Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 168-18. (in English).

 Perez O. and Karassin O., (forthcoming 2017?) Environmental Law, Hebrew Encyclopedia (Ha'encyclopedia Haivrit)  (in Hebrew) (accepted for publication in 2015).

Bar Haim A. and Karassin O., (2015) CSR in Israeli Industry. Working paper series of the Open University Research center for Policy Analysis. pp. 1-130.  (in English).

Karassin O. and Natan A., (2013) Environmental Liability- A research report, the Center for Environmental Policy at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. (in Hebrew)

Perez O., & Karassin O., (2008). "Israel Chapter"- Year Book Of International Environmental Law (No. 17). (in English)

Perez O., & Karassin, O., (2007). "Israel Chapter"- Year Book Of International Environmental Law (No. 16). Oxford University Press.(in English)

Perez O., & Karassin, O., (2005). "Israel Chapter"- Year Book Of International Environmental Law (No. 15). Oxford University Press. (in English)

Perez O., & Karassin, O., (2004). "Israel Chapter"- Year Book Of International Environmental Law (No. 14). Oxford University Press. (in English)

Auerbach O., & Karassin O., (2002), "Management of Water Resources in Israel", in Paths To Sustainability- Shadow Report To The Government Of Israel's Assessment Of Progress In Implementation Of Agenda 21, pp.144-160. (in Hebrew)

Karassin O.,(2001)  "Environmental NGOs in Israel", in Report On National Priorities In Environmental Policy 2001,Avnimelch Y., Aylon O. (eds.), Naaman Institute-Technion, pp. 127-141. (in Hebrew)

Karassin O., (Forthcoming  2018) Regulation – from theory to practice , an original course book, the  Open University Press (in Hebrew).

Teaching Experience
 
Years
Course Title
Length of Course
Level of Course
Academic Institute
2016-
Regulation and Governance Seminar
Semester
Graduate
Open University-development only
 
 
2014-
Course on regulation
 yearly
Undergraduate
Open University- development only
 
2013-
Partial course on environmental regulation
yearly
Post-Doc's
The training program for practical post-doc of the Israeli Society for Ecology and Environmental  Sciences
 
2010-2011
An Introduction to Environmental Science
Semester
Undergraduate
Sapir College
 
 
 
2010-2011        
Environmental law and policy
Yearly
Undergraduate
Sapir College
 
 
2009-2011
An Introduction to Law
Yearly
Undergraduate
Sapir College
 
 
2005-2007
Environmental Law
Semester
Undergraduate
Bar-Ilan University Geography Department
 
2005-2006
Planning and Building Law
Semester
Undergraduate
Bar-Ilan University Criminology Department
 
2003
Environmental Politics
Partial
Semester
as placement
Graduate
Hebrew University Geography Department