Prof. Ron Harris

מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Ron Harris
Phone: 03-6408283
Another phone: 4952
Fax: 03-6407260
Office: Trubowicz - Law, 335


Ron Harris is a Professor of Legal History and former Dean Faculty of Law Tel-Aviv University. He earned an LL.B. and B.A. and M.A. in history from TAU and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He was Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2017-18). He was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, USC and Cornell University, a short term visiting professor at École normale supérieure, Paris London School of Economics and HEC Paris and spent extended research periods in Oxford and London. Harris is a co-founder of the Israeli Legal History Association. Harris works on the intersection of legal history and economic history. His main research fields are the history of the corporation and of other forms of business organization, the history of bankruptcy and consumer credit, and Israeli legal history. Harris is the author of Industrializing English Law: Entrepreneurship and Business Organization, 1720 – 1844 and of Israeli Law: The Formative Years 1948-1977 and the editor of two other books, and the author or co-author of numerous articles in economics, business, history and law journals. He is currently working on a book (under contract with Princeton University Press) on the legal-economic organization of early modern Eurasian trade; on a book project on the comparative history of private companies in France, Germany, Britain, and the US (with Naomi Lamoreaux, Timothy Guinnane and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal); and on the Expansion of Company Law from Britain to the Empire 1815-1914.

Research Interests and Teaching

Anglo-American Legal and Economic History, History of Business Organizations, Israeli Legal History, Consumer Bankruptcy, Comparative Law


1994 Ph.D., History, Columbia University
1991 M.Phil., History, Columbia University
1989 M.A., History, Tel Aviv University
1987 B.A., History, Tel Aviv University
1987 LL.B., Law, Tel Aviv University


Academic Appointments

2012 Visiting Professor, HEC Business School, Paris (May)
2011 Visiting Professor, Cornell Law School (Fall)
2008 - Full Professor (4th of 4 ranks), Tel Aviv University
2008 Visiting Professor, USC Law School
2008 Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem (March-August)
2006 - 2008

Vice Dean, School of Law, Tel Aviv University

2003 - 2008 Associate Professor (3rd of 4 ranks), Tel Aviv University
2003 - 2004 Visiting Professor, Boalt Hall School of Law and JSP Program, UC-Berkeley
1999 - 2003 Senior Lecturer (Tenured, 2nd of 4 ranks), Tel Aviv University
1997 - 1998 Visiting Scholar, Center for Study of Law and Society, UC-Berkeley
1996 - 1998 Hanadiv Fellow, Rothschild Foundation
1994 - 1998 Lecturer (Untenured, 1nd of 4 ranks), Tel Aviv University
1993 - 1994 Instructor, Tel Aviv University
1991 - 1992 Teaching Assistant, Columbia University
1990 - 1991 Research Assistant (Prof. Cannadine), Columbia University
1987 - 1989 Teaching Assistant (Prof. Oved and Prof. Shai), Tel Aviv University


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Representative Publications

Industrializing English Law: Entrepreneurship and Business Organization, 1720 - 1844 (Cambridge University Press, 2000, Paperback 2010), Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions; Japanese Translation 2013


"Spread of legal innovations defining private and public domains” in Larry Neal and in Jeffrey G. Williamson Eds. The Cambridge Economic History of Capitalism Vol. II (Cambridge, 2014)


Non-Recourse Mortgages – A Fresh StartAmerican Bankruptcy Institute Law Review Vol. 21 (1) 119-154 (2013)


The Private Origins of the Private Company: Britain 1862-1907”, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 33 (2): 339-378. (2013)


"The Institutional Dynamics of early Modern Eurasian Trade: The Corporation and the Commenda" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization Vol. 71 (3) 606-622 (2009)


"Law, Finance and the First Corporations", in James J. Heckman, Robert L. Nelson and Lee Cabatingan, Global Perspectives on the Rule of Law, Routledge (2009)


"Pouvoir et propriété dans l’entreprise ; pour une histoire internationale des sociétés a responsabilité limitée [Ownership and Control in the firm; an International History of Private Limited Companies.] Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales (2008) with Timothy   Guinnane, Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal


"Putting the Corporation in its Place" Enterprise and Society (September 2007) with Timothy Guinnane, Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal


"The Transplantation of a Legal Discourse: Corporate Personality Theories from German Codification to British Political Pluralism and American Big Business", in "UNDERSTANDING CORPORATE LAW THROUGH HISTORY", Theme Issue of Washington and Lee Law Review Volume 63, Fall 2006, Issue 4. p. 1421-1478 (published with two comments)


The Encounters of Economic History and Legal HistoryLaw and History Review Vol. 21 No. 2, 297 - 346 (2003)



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