Ofra Bloch is an Assistant Professor at Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law. Her areas of research and teaching include history and theory of constitutional law, administrative law, antidiscrimination law and education law, with a focus on questions of inequality and political economy. Bloch earned a J.S.D. and LL.M. from Yale Law School, and an LL.M. and LL.B. from Tel Aviv University. She is also a graduate of the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel-Aviv University. Bloch is the recipient of the Alon Scholarship for outstanding junior faculty, Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) Fellowship, and the American Society for Legal History Kathryn T. Preyer award. Prior to her graduate studies, Bloch served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel. Her recent publications include Diversity Gone Wrong: A Historical Inquiry to the Evolving Meaning of Diversity from Bakke to Fisher, 20 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2018); The Untold History of Israel’s Affirmative Action for Arab Citizens (1948-1968), Law and History Review (forthcoming).
Dr. Ofra Bloch
Research Interests and Teaching
Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Antidiscrimination Law, Legal History and Theory, inequality, political economy and education.
Assistant Professor, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University
|2019||J.S.D., Yale Law School, New-Haven, CT|
|2015||LL.M., Yale Law School, New-Haven, CT|
|2014||LL.M. (summa cum Laude), Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, Israel|
|2012||LL.B. (magna cum laude), Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, Israel|
|2008-2012||The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel-Aviv University (direct Masters program).|
Resistance in Language: The Nation-State Basic Law, Language and Democracy, MISHPATIM—Hebrew U. Law Review (2022) (Hebrew) (with Leora Bilsky)
Hierarchical Inclusion: The Untold History of Israel's Affirmative Action for Arab Citizens, (1948–68) Law and History Review , Volume 39 , Issue 1 , February 2021 , pp. 29 - 67.
Recipient of the American Association of Legal History Kathryn T. Preyer Award (2019)
Reviewed on JOTWELLL: Binyamin Blum, Beyond "Affirmative Action": Hierarchical Inclusion in 1960s Israel, JOTWELL--The Journal of Things we Like (Lots) (Mar 30, 2022)
Neoliberal Discrimination 50 Theory and Criticism (Teoria ve-Bikoret) pp.175-194, 2018 (Hebrew) (with Leora Bilsky).
Diversity Gone Wrong: A Historical Inquiry to the Evolving Meaning of Diversity from Bakke to Fisher, 20 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law pp.1145-1210, 2018.