Eliezer Ereli joined the then-UH Bates College of Law faculty in 1969 where he taught and focused his research on Latin American economic integration, international law of the sea, admiralty and environmental law. He passed away on Feb. 25, 2018, at the age of 89.
Born on May 10, 1928, in Tel Aviv, Palestine, Ereli came the United States in 1949, after serving in the Palmach during Israel's war for independence. He earned a B.A. degree from Harvard in 1952, a Ph.D from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1956, and a LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1960.
In 1956, he returned to Israel where he conducted research at the Israeli Foreign Ministry and he later worked in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State. He joined the UCLA law faculty in 1962, before moving to Tulane University Law School in 1965, and on to Bates College of Law in 1969. He was also a visiting professor at several overseas universities, including Cambridge University's Trinity College and la Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.