Dr. Leora Dahan Katz

Leora Dahan-Katz
Dahan Katz
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Leora Dahan Katz is an Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on criminal law, criminal theory, legal philosophy and moral philosophy, with special focus on the philosophy of punishment.

Before joining the faculty, Dr. Dahan Katz held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Van Leer Jersualem Institute (2016-2019), as well as a fellowship at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, (Legitimization of Modern Criminal Law Research Group-2016).

Dr. Dahan Katz received her LL.M. and J.S.D. from the Yale Law School.  During her time at Yale, Dr. Dahan Katz was a Lilian Goldman Fellow and Graduate Director and Fellow at the Yale Centre for Law and Philosophy, where she ran the centre’s activities as well as the Law and Philosophy Speaker Series. Prior to arriving at Yale, she tutored Jurisprudence at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied law, philosophy and English literature, completing her degrees magna cum laude.  She has published articles in leading peer review journals, including Law and Philosophy, the University of Toronto Law Journal and Ethics. Her work has earned her a variety prizes including the Wolf Foundation Scholarship Prize, the IVR Young Scholar Prize, the Pepita Haezrahi Academic Excellence Prize and the Felix S. Choen Prize for Best Legal Philosophy Paper, as well as a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation.



JSD, Yale Law School, 2016
LLM, Yale Law School, 2012
LLM (Research Track), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010
LLB, Law and English Literature, 2004


Representative publications

  • “Private, Public and Punitive Blame,” John Gardner Liber Amicorum, (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).
  • “How Victims Matter: Rethinking the Significance of Victims in Criminal Theory,” University of Toronto Law Journal 73(3) (2022).
  • “Condemnatory Disappointment,” Ethics 132(4) (2022). (with Daniel Telech)
  • “Response Retributivism: Defending the Duty to Punish,” Law and Philosophy, 40 (2021): 585.
  • “The Intrinsic Value of Teamwork: Reinterpreting Gardner” Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Jerusalem Review of. Legal Studies 19 (2019): 187.
  • “Relational Conceptions of Retribution,” The Palgrave Handbook on the Philosophy of Punishment, (M. Altman ed.), (Palgrave MacMillan, Forthcoming).