Prof. Yishai Blank

Faculty of Law
מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Yishai Blank
Phone: 03-6405548
Fax: 03-6409576
Office: Minkoff - Law, 437


Yishai Blank is the Dean of Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law. Yishai’s 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 three-times recipient of prestigious fellowship from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF). Professor Blank was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Cornell Law School, University of Toronto Law School, Queen’s University Law School, Sciences Po Law School (Paris), Brown University, University of Hamburg, 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 ReviewCornell Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law ReviewHarvard Journal of International LawHarvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review, Fordham Urban Law Journalthe Urban LawyerTel-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

Dean, 2022-present

Full Professor; Associate Professor, 2012-2021; Senior Lecturer, 2007-2012; Lecturer, 2002-2007

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, 2011-2014



Harvard Law School: Visiting Professor, Fall 2017 

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


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Representative Publications

(City Speech, 54 Harvard Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review (2019


(Reviving Federal Regions, 70 Stanford Law Review 1895 (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)


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