Daniel Friedmann was born in Israel, and on his mother's side is seventh generation in Israel. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. After a brief practice in a lawyer's office in Tel Aviv, he joined the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and served as its dean between 1974 and 1978.
Prof. Friedmann has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Queen Mary College, University of London, and Fordham University Law School. He is a member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a member of the American Law Institute (he served as an Adviser to the Restatement (Third) of the Law of Restitution).
His book To Kill and Take Possession – Law, Morality and Society in Biblical Stories has been translated into English and Italian. A revised version of his book The Purse and the Sword – The Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution has been translated into English and published by Oxford University Press. Over the years He has also published many articles in Israeli newspapers on political, economic, and legal issues.
Prof. Friedmann, who served in the Israeli government as Minister of Justice, 2007-2009, received a number of awards in law, including the prestigious Israel Prize.