Steven E.  Zipperstein Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Steven E. Zipperstein

Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Development

Steven E. Zipperstein is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development. Zipperstein also teaches in the Global Studies and Public Policy Departments at UCLA, and is a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University Law School.


Steven E. Zipperstein is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development.  Zipperstein also teaches in the UCLA Global Studies program and in the Luskin School of Public Affairs.  Zipperstein has also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School.  Zipperstein is the author of Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine (Routledge 2020).  Zipperstein has also authored several law review articles, and has testified before the United States Congress several times regarding telecommunications and internet policy issues.  Zipperstein lectures widely around the world on cybersecurity, advanced technology, and a range of U.S. and Middle East issues.

Before joining UCLA, Zipperstein practiced law for 36 years in California, Washington D.C. and New York/New Jersey.  Zipperstein has been elected to the American Law Institute and named a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  During his career, Zipperstein worked as a law firm litigator, a federal prosecutor and Justice Department official, and as the Chief Legal Officer of  BlackBerry Ltd. and Verizon Wireless.  Zipperstein served as Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1995 congressional hearings regarding the events in Waco, Texas, and as Counselor for former Assistant Attorney General Robert Mueller regarding the 1992-93 congressional investigation of the “Iraq-gate” matter.  As a federal prosecutor, Zipperstein tried more than a dozen felony jury cases and argued 23 cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Legal history of the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Criminal Justice Policy; Advanced Technology and Public Policy

Personal Interests

    Travel, 19th and early 20th century literature, grandchildren


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Times of Israel

Revealed: An Arab Prince's Secret Proposal to Sell the Western Wall to the Jews

Published: Jan 09, 2020 by Times of Israel
Authors: Steven E. Zipperstein
Subjects: History, Middle East Studies

This article reveals a previously undisclosed August 1929 proposal by Prince Mohamed Ali Pasha of Egypt to sell the Western (Wailing) Wall to the Jews for £100,000. The author discovered the documents in the files of the Colonial Office and Foreign Office.