Professor Ori Herstein joined the Law Faculty at the Hebrew University in 2014. He teaches and writes primarily on tort law, private law theory, and on various matters of legal and moral philosophy. Professor Herstein obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees from Columbia University Law School and his law degree and undergraduate philosophy degrees from Tel Aviv University. While at Columbia, he wrote his doctoral dissertation under Professor Joseph Raz. Professor Herstein is also a member of staff at King's College London's School of Law (as of 2012) and has held visiting and fixed term appointments at Harvard University Law School, Cornell University Law School, Columbia University Law School, and Peking University School of Transnational Law. Currently, Professor Herstein is the director of the Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law at the Hebrew University and an associate editor for the journal Law and Philosophy. Formerly, he was co-editor of the Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies (2016-2020) and the co-convener of King’s Legal Philosophy Workshop (2012-2019). Prior to entering academia, Professor Herstein spent two years in private practice as a litigation associate at the NYC offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as well as clerked on the Tel Aviv Circuit Court under Judge Drora Pilpel. Professor Herstein has been admitted to the New York Bar and the Israel Bar.
J.S.D. - Doctor of the Science of Law
Columbia University Law School, 2008
Dissertation Supervisor: Professor Joseph Raz
LL.M. - Master of Laws
Columbia University Law School, 2004
LL.B. - Bachelor of Laws
Tel Aviv University, 2001
Honors: magna cum laude
Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy
Tel Aviv University 2001
Graduate Studies in Philosophy
Tel Aviv University 2001-2003
Justifying Standing, 20 (7) Philosophers’ Imprint, 1-18 (2020).
Understanding Standing: Permission to Deflect Reasons, 174 (12) Philosophical Studies, 3109-3132 (2017).
How Tort Law Empowers, 65(1) University of Toronto Law Journal, 99-132 (2015).
A Legal Right to Do Legal Wrong, 34(1) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 21-45 (2014).
Defending the Right to Do Wrong, 31(3) Law and Philosophy, 343-365 (2012).
A Normative Theory of the Clean Hands Defense, 17(3) Legal Theory, 171-208 (2011).