Prof. Avihay Dorfman

מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Avihay Dorfman
Phone: 03-6407279
Fax: 03-6409576


Avihay Dorfman is a law professor at Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law. He is a graduate of Haifa University (B.A. Economics `04, LL.B. Law `04) and Yale Law School (LL.M. `06, J.S.D. `08). In 2004-2005, he clerked for The Honorable Aharon Barak, the (then) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. He is a winner of the 2011 Alon Fellowship (granted by the Council of Higher Education in Israel), the winner of the 2011-2012 Cegla prize for best law review article published by junior faculty in Hebrew, and a winner of the 2013 Cheshin Prize in the category of junior legal scholar.


Dorfman’s primary research and teaching interests include the philosophical foundations of private law, especially torts and property, and theories of political legitimation. His other areas of interests are constitutional rights (in particular, religious liberty).  Representative publications are: 

The Case Against Privatization, 41 Philosophy & Public Affairs 67 (2013) (w/ Alon Harel); Private Ownership and the Standing to Say So, 64 University of Toronto Law Journal 402 (2014); Just Relationships, 116 Columbia Law Review (forthcoming 2016) (w/ Hanoch Dagan); Negligence and Accommodation, Legal Theory (forthcoming 2017)


Dorfman was the Chief Editor of the Tel Aviv U. Law Review (Vol. 37-38).

Research Interests and Teaching

Torts, property, theories of political legitimation, and religious liberty


2008 Yale Law School, J.S.D.
2006 Yale Law School, LL.M
2004 Haifa University, LL.B.
2004 Haifa University, B.A. (Economics)


Academic Appointments

Visitor Professor, Cornell Law School, 2016-17
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, 2015-16
Professor of Law, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, 2015-present
Senior Lecturer , Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law 2012-15
Lecturer, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law 2009-2012


Full CV

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