Dinstein formerly held the posts of President (from 1991—98), Rector (1980—85), and Dean of Law at Tel Aviv University.
He served twice as the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was also a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, a Meltzer Visiting Professor of Law at New York University, and a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.
Dinstein is President of Israel’s national branch of the International Law Association and of the Israel United Nations Association. He served as Chairman of the Israel national branch of Amnesty International and as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Council of the San Remo International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
Dinstein has written on international law, human rights, and the laws of armed conflict.