Prof. Assaf Likhovski

מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Assaf Likhovski
Phone: 03-6406381
Office: Minkoff - Law, 322


Assaf Likhovski is a professor of law and legal history at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. He is the author of Law and Identity in Mandate Palestine (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), and Tax, Law, and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2017), as well as articles on Israeli, American and English legal history. He is co-editor of a number of collections of articles on legal history including "Histories of Legal Transplantations" Theoretical Inquiries in Law (with Ron Harris). He was visiting professor at Yeshiva University, the University of Toronto, UCLA, and Georgetown University. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University and Harvard Law School, where he was a Fulbright and Rothschild fellow. He was later a Golieb fellow at the NYU School of Law, and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. He was co-founder of the Israeli Legal History Association, and served as the director of the TAU Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research  of the Law, the director of the TAU David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History, and the Associate Dean for Research at the TAU Faculty of Law.

Research Interests and Teaching

Legal History, Taxation, Comparative Law, Jurisprudence




Harvard Law School, S.J.D.


Tel Aviv University School of History, M.A., Summa Cum Laude


Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, LL.B., Magna Cum Laude


Academic Appointments

Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law Center


Associate Dean for Research, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law 


Director, The David Berg Institute for Law and History, Tel Aviv University


Full Professor, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law


Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law


Visiting Professor, UCLA Law School and History Department


Director, The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, Tel Aviv University


Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law


Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law


Visiting Professor, Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University, New York


Lecturer, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law



Representative Publications

Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (New York: Cambridge University Press, Studies in Legal History Series, 2017).


Law and Identity in Mandate Palestine

(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Studies in Legal History Series, 2006). Google books link.

Winner of the 2006 Yonathan Shapiro Best Book Award, Association for Israel Studies.

Reviewed in: Journal of Israeli History, Israel Studies Forum, Law and Social Inquiry, Modern Law Review, Journal of Palestine Studies, Journal of British Studies, American Historical Review, History, Cathedra, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Law and History Review, Mediterranean Historical Review.


"Post-Post-Zionist Historiography," Israel Studies 15 (2010): 1-23.


"Is Tax Law Culturally Specific? Lessons from the History of Income Tax Law in Mandatory Palestine," Theoretical Inquiries in Law 11 (2010): 725-763.


"Argonauts of the Eastern Mediterranean: Legal Transplants and Signaling," Theoretical Inquiries in Law 10 (2009): 619-651.


"Venus in Czernowitz: Sacher-Masoch, Ehrlich and the Fin de Siècle Crisis of Legal Reason," in Living Law: Reconsidering Eugen Ehrlich (Marc Hertogh ed., Oxford: Hart, 2008), 48-71.


"'Training in Citizenship': Tax Compliance and Modernity," Law and Social Inquiry 32 (2007): 665-700.


The Duke and the Lady: Helvering v. Gregory and the History of Tax Avoidance Adjudication,” Cardozo Law Review 25 (2004): 953-1018.


Czernowitz, Lincoln and Jerusalem and the Comparative History of American Jurisprudence,” Theoretical Inquiries in Law 4 (2003): 621-657.


"Protestantism and Radical Reform of English Law: A Variation on a Theme by Weber," Law and Society Review 33 (1999): 365-391.


"The Invention of 'Hebrew Law' in Mandatory Palestine" American Journal of Comparative Law 46 (1998): 339-373.



Full CV

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