Private Law

Benny Porat

Prof. Benny Porat

Vice Dean
Associate Professor
Director of the Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law
Joseph (J.T.) Tanenbaum Chair in Jewish Law
972-2-5882478
Vice Dean

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Education

1999 B.A. (cum laude), The Faculty of Humanities, The Open University of Israel
 
2002 M.A. (cum laude), The Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University
 
2009 LL.D. (summa cum laude), Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
 
2010 Halbert Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

 

Representative publications

'Ownership and Exclusivity: Two Visions, Two Traditions', 64 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, 147-190 (2016)
 
'Good Faith: A Conceptual Comparative Study', 45 MISHPATIM 603-651 (2016)
 
'The Philosophy of Jewish Law: A Methodological Reflection', 30 DIN? ISRAEL 179-213 (2015) 
 
'Lethal Self Defense against a Rapist and the Challenge of Proportionality: Jewish Law Perspective', 26 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW 123- 181 (2013) 

  

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Ori Herstein

Prof. Ori Herstein

Professor
Room 225
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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. Formerlyhe 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.

 

Education

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 

 

Representative publications

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).  

 

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