Stephen (Steve) Adler




·         Juris Doctor 1965 - Columbia University Law School, NYC, USA.

·         Bachelor of Science 1962 – Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

·         1958 - Midwood High School, NYC, USA.


Work Experience:


Arbitrator and Mediator, 2011 to present.

President (Chief Justice), National Labor Court – August 1997 – November 2010.

Deputy President, National Labor Court – 1990-1997.

Judge, National Labor Court – 1985-1990.

Chief Judge, Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court, 1981-1985.

Judge Jerusalem Regional Labor Court, 1976-1981.

Private Attorney in Jerusalem, Israel, 1970-1976. [Was a member of the Israel Bar]

Attorney, U.S. Government: National Labor Relations Board, U.S.A., 1965-1967 Washington Office, Advice Section; 1967-1968, Los Angeles Southern Regional Office. [Was a member of the New York State Bar and the California Bar, now an inactive member]


Academic Experience:


·         Adjunct Lecturer, Hebrew University Law Faculty, 1996 – present.

·         Distinguished Visiting Fellow – School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 2009-2014 international and comparative labor department, teaches a yearly a course comparing Israeli and American labor relations and labor law.

·         Distinguished Visiting Fellow, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, March 2005, April/May 2007.

·         Adjunct Lecturer - Central European University 2000 to 2004, taught summer course in dispute resolution program for university teachers, PhD students and research professionals, together with Prof. Manfred Weiss and Csilla Kollanay-Lehoczky.

·         Senior Fellow, Distinguished Visiting Scholar - St. Johns College, Institute of Comparative International Law, Oxford University, January/February, 2002.

·         Adjunct Professor - Cardozo Law School, NYC, NY, 1997, taught course relating to international law.

·         Adjunct Lecturer, Hebrew University Law Faculty, 1996 - to present. Courses: Protective Labor Legislation (in past); Collective Labor Law (current).

·         Adjunct Lecturer, Tel Aviv University Law Faculty, in the 1990's.



Honors and Outside Activities:


·         Chairperson, Israel Chapter of the Society for Labor Law and Social Security, 1997 to date.

·         Chairperson, Committee appointed by the Minister of Sports to recommend amendments to the Sports Law regarding young athletes. 2013-2014.

·         Member, Prime Minister's Advisory Committee to the National Economic Council. from 2012.

·         Outstanding jurist of the year 2011, presented by the Israel Bar Association for special achievements in Israeli society and law.

·         Chosen by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel as the Knight of the Year 2011 in the Judicial Branch of Government.

·         Chairman, International Congress of the Society for Labour Law and Social Security, held in Israel in September 2000.

·         Co-chairman: Palestinian-Israeli seminar on social welfare under Oslo Agreement Legal Committee, Held in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority, August, 2000.

·         Chairman, 1993, 1995 International Conferences held in Jerusalem, on the Legal and Medical Aspects of Work Injuries. Member, International Steering Committee of this congress.

·         Member of the organizing committee European Labour Court Judges seminars, held under auspices of I.L.O. 

·         Member (in past), European Institute of Social Security.

·         Member of Advisory Board, International Journal of Social Security and Workers Compensation, Curtin University Business School, Curtin University, West Australia.

·         Member, Israel Museum committee for approving archaeology acquisitions.








1]    Israel editor, International Labour Law Reports, Kluwer.1997-1998 co-editor, from 1999 to present, editor.

2]    "Under What Circumstances Can an Acute Myocardial Infarction be regarded as a Work-related Accident? Multi-causal Diseases as Work Accidents", International [internet] Journal of Social Security and Workers Compensation, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2009, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, West Australia.

3]    "Further Reasons for the NLRB's Inability to Guarantee American Workers the Freedom to Organize and Bargain Collectively: Comment on autonomous and Politicized: the NLRB's Uncertain Future", Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, Winter 2005, p. 261.

4]    "Coping With Globalization from the Inside: Is there hope?", in book "Employee Involvement in a Globalising World - Liber Amicorum Manfred Weiss", BWV - Berliner wissenschafts-Verlag, 2005, pp. 427 - 438.

5]    "The Role of Judges in the Implementation of Social Policies", The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Kluwer, Winter 2002, p. 341-376.

6]    International Labor Organization website, National Profile: Israel, 2002.

7]    International Labor Organization website, Israel report at European Labor Court Judges seminars.

8]    "The Role of Judges in the Implementation of Social Policies", The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Winter, 2002, pp. 341 - 376.

9]    I“Expanding the Scope of Employment Law”, Labour Law, Human Rights and Social Justice, Liber Amicorum in Honour of Ruth Ben-Israel, Kluwer, 2001, Roger Blanpain editor, page 41.

10]  “Achieving Social Security Rights: a comparative study of Workers’ Compensation in the United States, Germany and Israel”, book III of the International Congress on Legal Medial Aspects of Workers’ Compensation, Medizinisch-rechtliche Aspekte von Arbeitsunfallen, HVBG, 1999.

11] Co-editor, special issue of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry: “Work, Stress and Disability in the New Millennium”, Volume 22, Issues 5 & 6, December 1999. Also, co-author of article in this issue: “Workers’ Compensation and Psychiatric Injury Definition”.

12] "Should Work Injuries and Non-work Injuries be Compensated Differently?" International Examinations of Medical-Legal Aspects of Work Injuries, edited by Elizabeth Yates and John F. Burton, Jr. Institute of Management and Labor Relations Series, The State University of New Jersey, The Scarecrow Press, 1998.

13] “The Situation of Workers in the Case of Illness”, Topics in Israeli Labour Law, Ed. Goldberg and Raday, Published: Hebrew University, Institute for Legal Research and Comparative Law, 1995, p. 247.

14] The Role and Use of International and European Labour Standards in Labour Court decisions - Israel report”, I.L.O., 1995.

15] Remedies and Sanctions in Industrial Disputes - Israel Report”, I.L.O., 1995.

16] “The Israel Labour Courts in their Third Decade”, Yearbook of Polish Labour Law and Social Policy, 1994, pp.59-78.

17] “The Role of the Israeli Labour Courts in the Settlement of Collective Disputes”, International Conference - Concepts of Justice in Labour Law and Relations, 1994.

18] Co-editor [book] - “Medical - Legal Aspects of Work Injuries”, Mullti-science publishers, 1994. Author of article published in this book: “Court Appointed Expert Medical Advisors”. Co-author, together of another article published in this book: “Pre-Employment medical Examination of a Work Candidate”.

19] Labour Courts and Industrial Action - Israel Report”, I.L.O., 1993.

20] "The Temple Mount in Court", Biblical Archaeology Review, Vol. XVII, No 5, 1991

21] “Internal Organization and Functioning of Labour Courts - Israel Report”, European Labour Courts: Current Issues”, I.L.O., 1989. “Medical evidence in the Israeli Labour Courts: Court Appointed Medical Advisors”, Hospital Law, Carmi and Schneider editors, Springer-Verlag, 1988.

22] "The United States and the Jerusalem Issue", Middle East Review, Vol. XVII, No. 4, Summer 1985.

23]  “The Israel Labour Courts”, CCH Labour Law Journal, January 1977.




"Die Zukunft von Israels Arbeitsgerichten, Arbeit und Recht”, December 2004, pp. 441 - 443 pub: AiB Verlag (German).




"Principios De Los Procesos Legales En Israel", Congreso Internacional de Derecho Del Travajo y de la Seguridad Social, Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, Caracas, Venezuela, 2002.




1]      "התארגנות עובדים בישראל: מגמות, היבטים משפטיים ומדיניות", ספר אלישבע ברק, בעריכת יצחק זמיר, סטיב אדלר, יצחק אליאסוף, סיגל דוידוב, גיא מונדלק, אורנה לין ייצא לאור בשנת 2011,

2]      "היקף תחולת משפט העבודה – מכפיפות לתכלית", ספר מנחם גולדברג, הוצאת סדן, בעריכת אהרן ברק, סטיב אדלר, רות ב-ישראל, יצחק אליאסוף, נחום פינברג, 2001, ע'17 – 40.

3]      "ועדות רפואיות במסגרת הביטוח הלאומי – היבטים משפטיים", יחד עם עו"ד רחל ברג-הירשברג, הערכת הכות, תפקוד וכושר עבודה, עורכים חיים רינג, יוסף ריבק, שמואל מלמד ואלכס בורובסקי, הוצאת דיונון אונ' תל-אביב, 2001, 205 – 218.

4]      "חופש השביתה בראי הפסיקה", ספר בנרזון, עורכים אהרן ברק וחיים ברנזון, הוצאת נבו, 2000, ע' 475 – 498.

5]      "האשה הבדווית והבטחת הכנסה במשפחה הפוליגמית", מעמד האשה בחברה ובמשפט, בעריכת פרנסס רדאי, רמל שלו, מיכל ליבן-קובי, הוצאת שוקן, 1995, 133 – 147.

6]      "מומחים-יועצים רפואיים בבתי-דין לעבודה", המשפט, כרך ב, תשנ"ד-1994, ע' 199.

7]      "חוקי הבטיחות בעבודה כמגן על העובד", עם ד"ר הדרה בר-מור, שנתון משפט העבודה, תשנ"ב-1992, הערכה פרופ' רות בן ישראל, הוצאת סדן, ע' 11 – 46.

8]      "נציגי הציבור בבית-הדין לעבודה: מטרתם, תפדיקם והשפעתם", שתנון משפט העבודה, תשנ"א-1991, הערכה פרופ' רות בן ישראל, הוצאת סדן, ע' 9-28.

9]      "הסכמים קיבוציים: מסגרת, תחולה ותיאום", ספר בר-ניב, בעריכת אהרן ברק, מנחם גולדברג, יצחק זמיר, יצחק אליאסוף, הוצאת רמות, 1987, ע' 17- 54.

10] "השלכות השביתה על מערכת יחסי העבודה האישיים והקיבוציים", דין השביתה בישראל, המכון לפריון העבודה והייצור, 1987, ע" 36-53 .

11] "חוק ירושלים", ירושלים: הבטים משפטיים, מכון ירושלים לחקר ישראל, עורכת: אורה אחימאיר, 1983.

12] "שביתות והשבתות", עבודה וביטוח לאומי, ירחון משרד העבודה, יוני 1971, גליון 6.