Prof. Yishai Blank

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Prof. Yishai Blank
Phone: 03-6405548
Fax: 03-6409576


Yishai Blank is Professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, and the Faculty’s former Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. His areas of research and teaching include Local Government Law, Administrative Law, Global Cities, Urban Legal Policy, Law and Secularism, and Legal Theory.  Professor Blank obtained his LL.B. and an additional B.A in Philosophy (both magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, and practiced law in the leading law firm I. Gornitzky & Co. Professor Blank continued his studies at Harvard Law School, where he was a Byse Fellowship recipient, and where he received his LL.M. in 1999 and his S.J.D. in 2002. He was a member of the Young Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences Forum of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities, and he is a two-times recipient of prestigious fellowship from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF). Professor Blank is expected to be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the Fall 2017, and he has been a visiting professor in Cornell, Brown, University of Toronto (Canada), Queen’s University (Canada), Sciences Po Law School (Paris), Hamburg University (Germany), and the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain). Professor Blank’s works have been published in law journals in the United States and in Israel, including Stanford Law Review (forthcoming), Cornell Law Review, North Carolina Law ReviewHarvard Journal of International Law, Fordham Urban Law Journalthe Urban Lawyer, Tel-Aviv University Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Research Interests and Teaching

Local Government Law, Administrative Law, Global Cities, Urban Legal Theory and Policy, Law and Secularism, Legal Theory and Jurisprudence.



S.J.D., Harvard Law School, 2002

LL.M. (waived), Harvard Law School, 1999

B.A. (Philosophy) (magna cum laude), Tel Aviv University Faculty of Humanities, 1997

LL.B. (magna cum laude), Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, 1996


Academic Appointments

Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law

Associate Professor, 2012-present; Senior Lecturer, 2007-2012; Lecturer, 2002-2007

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, 2011-2014



Harvard Law School: Visiting Professor, Fall 2017 (expected)

University of Toronto Law School: Distinguished Visiting Professor, Sept. 2016

Sciences Po Law School (Paris): Visiting Professor, Fall 2014; Spring 2016

Hamburg University (Germany): Visiting Professor, Summer 2015

Queen’s Law School (Canada): Visiting Professor, Nov. 2014

Cornell Law School: Visiting Professor, Oct. 2009

Brown University, Watson Institute for International Studies: Visiting Professor, Spring 2009

International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain): Visiting Professor, Winter 2007


Full CV

Representative Publications

Reviving Federal Regions, 70 Stanford Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2018) (with Issi Rosen-Zvi)     


The Geography of Sexuality”, 90 North Carolina Law Review (with Issi Rosen-Zvi) (2012)


The Re-enchantment of Law”, 96 Cornell Law Review 633 (2011)


The Spatial Turn in Legal Theory, 10 Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity and Identity 39 (2010) (with Issi Rosen-Zvi)


Federalism, Subsidiarity, and the Role of Local Governments in an Age of Global Multilevel Governance”, 37 Fordham Urban Law Journal 509 (2010)


Spheres of Citizenship”, 8 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 411 (2007)


"Brown in Jerusalem: A Comparative Look on Race and Ethnicity in Public Schools", 38 Urban Lawyer 367 (2006)


Localism in the New Global Legal Order”, 47 Harvard Journal of International Law (2006)


The City and the World”, 44 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 875 (2006)


Full CV

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