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Norman De Mattos Bentwich OBE MC (28 February 1883 – 8 April 1971) was a British barrister and legal academic who served as Legal Secretary and the first Attorney-General of Mandatory Palestine from 1918 to 1929. He was also President of the Jewish Historical Society. He was the eldest son of Herbert Bentwich.




  • Called to the bar (Lincolns Inn), 1908
  • Ministry of Justice, Cairo, 1912-1915
  • Major, Camel Transport, 1916-1918
  • Legal secretary to military administration, Palestine, 1918-22
  • First attorney-general in mandatory government of Palestine, 1922-9
  • Recalled to Colonial Office, 1929-31
  • Professor of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1932 and 1945-1951
  • Director of League of Nations High Commission for Refugees from Germany, 1933-1935
  • British Ministry of Information and Air Ministry, 1939-45

Other positions

  • Co-editor of the Jewish Review, 1910-1913 and 1932-1934
  • Lecturer at Hague Academy of International Law, 1929, 1934 and 1955
  • Vice-President, Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad
  • Chairman, National Peace Council, 1944-1946
  • Chairman, United Restitution Office, 1948-1971
  • Foreign Office Committee on Restitution in British Zone of Germany, 1951
  • President, Jewish Historical Society, 1960-1962
  • Chairman, Friends of Hebrew University
  • President of London North-Western Reform Synagogue, 1958-71


  • Hellenism


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