Dr. Yofi Tirosh is an Associate Professor, currently on leave from TAU to serve as the Dean of the Sapir Academic College School of Law in Israel’s south (Negev) region. She is interested in antidiscrimination law, civil rights, feminist jurisprudence, law and culture, and food law. Recently she focuses on sex-segregation, and the appropriate balance between religious accommodation and sex equality. Another focus of her scholarship is the ways in which the body and physical appearance are understood, regulated and constructed by the law.
Tirosh joined the Tel Aviv Faculty of Law in 2008. She completed her LL.M. and S.J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a fellow at Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. After completing her LL.B from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she clerked for Israel's Supreme Court.
Among other distinctions, Tirosh is the 2018 recipient of Israel’s Public Law Association’s Gorni Award for contribution to public law, the Katan award for enhancement of gender equality through research, teaching, and activism. In 2018 she was awarded a $70,000 research grant for a project on anti-discrimination law and theory from Israel’s National Science Foundation.
Alongside her research, teaching, and academic leadership, Tirosh is a prominent civil rights activist, working with policymakers and civil society organizations, and consulting pro bono on impact lawyering to promote sex equality. She is a frequent contributor of legal analysis to national and international media. Since 2012 Tirosh focuses on preventing the rapidly-expanding sex-segregation in Israel, in light of religious demands for accommodation. She is leading a potentially precedent-setting petition to the High Court of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of sex segregation in academic programs for religious and ultra-Orthodox students.