Dr. Yofi Tirosh

מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Yofi Tirosh
Phone: 03-6406724
Fax: 03-5102474


Yofi Tirosh has been named a 2014-16 Senior Fellow at Hebrew University's Martin Buber Society of Fellows. Tirosh is an expert of antidiscrimination law, employment and labor law, food law, and feminist jurisprudence. Her scholarship is located at the intersection between law, body, gender, and language. Tirosh's work explores diverse topics such as discursive analysis of legal texts, affirmative action, and antidiscrimination theory. Recently, her work focuses on the many ways in which the body and physical appearance are regulated by law, in contexts such as employers’ appearance requirements, weight-based discrimination, privacy, and the legal treatment of physical differences between the sexes. Her article The Right to be Fat recently appeared at the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Her article (with Michael Birenhack) Naked in Front of the Machine: Does Body Scanning Violate Privacy? recently appeared at the Ohio Law Journal. Her essay 3 Comments on Paternalism in Anti-Obesity Policies is forthcoming in the Connecticut Law Review. The working title of her book manuscript (in progress) is Feminist Libertarianism.


Dr. 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. Tirosh received her LL.B from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and before joining Israel's Bar, she clerked for Israel's Supreme Court. Prior to joining TAU, she serves as a Hauser Global Research Fellow at NYU Law School. In fall 2012 she was Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.


Alongside her research activities, Tirosh is a human rights activist and expert, who serves both on NGO boards and on governmental committees. She frequently interviews on national and international media, providing legal analysis in her fields of expertise. These days, Tirosh focuses on prompting Israeli policymakers to recognize the threat to women's equality by the rapidly-expanding sex-segregation in Israel's military, universities, and workplaces.

Research Interests and Teaching

Law, culture, and humanities, Antidiscrimination law, Affirmative Action, Gender and law, Employment law, Body and law, Food law


Labor and Employment Law, Antidiscrimination Law, Food Law, Body, Gender, and Law, Jurisprudence, Tools for Effective Lawyering




University of Michigan,  Ann Arbor, MI, LL.M and SJD.

Dissertation supervisors: Profs. Don Herzog, James B. White, & Deborah Malamud.


University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities
Hunting Family Graduate Fellow

Summer 2003

Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory
Funded by a grant from the University of Michigan Graduate School

June 2002

Law and Society Graduate Student Workshop
Funded by a grant from the Law and Society Association, Vancouver

May 2002

Rackham Summer Interdisciplinary Institute Fellowship
University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies

May-June 2002

Community of Scholars, Institute for Research on Women and Gender University of Michigan


SJD scholarship, (tuition waiver and academic stipends)




Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, Israel

LL.B. with minors in political thought and gender studies.


Academic Appointments

Georgetown Law Center, Visiting Professor, fall 2012.

·        Taught an intensive course on Feminist Jurisprudence. Gave a faculty workshop, an SJD workshop on academic writing,
         and a brown bag on women in Israeli law.


Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, Israel, Senior Lecturer since spring 2013, Lecturer since fall 2008.

·        Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law
          Research grant, Fall 2007.

·          Organized an international workshop on Food Law—New Horizons (June 2011).

·          Co-organized a conference on Sex Segregation in Israeli Academia (June 2013).

·          Named one of “100 Top Professors” in Tel Aviv University (2012).

·          Trained and organized TAU Law's public moot court on the legality of airlines charging double airfare from obese passengers, spring 2014.

·          Elected representative of her colleagues in the University Senate.


NCJW Woman & Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University, Lecturer 2010.

·      Awarded the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation Medal of Excellent in Education.


New York University Law School, Hauser Global Research Fellow, fall 2007-spring 2008.


The College of Management Law School, Israel, Lecturer, 2004-2007.

·      Named Best Lecturer 2005.


Hebrew University Law Faculty, Guest Lecturer, 2004-6.


University of Michigan Women's Studies, Independent Graduate Student Instructor, 2001.

       Developed and taught a 1 credit mini-course for college students, entitled Weight as a Cultural Question

Representative Publications

Three Comments on Paternalism in Public Health, forthcoming Connecticut Law Review (2014).


Naked in Front of the Machine: Does Airport Scanning Violate Privacy? (with Michael Birnhack), 74 Ohio State Law Review 1273-1306 (2013).


The Silent Defendant: Some Thoughts on Law and Film, 61 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 61-69 (2013).


The Right to Be Fat, 12 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics 264-335 (2012).


Reciprocal Antidiscrimination Arguments, 6 Law and Ethics of Human Rights 229 (2012).


The Right to Be Fat, 12 Yale J. Health Pol'y L. & Ethics 264-335 (2012).


A Noble Cause: A Case Study of Discrimination, Symbols, and Reciprocity, in Mainstreaming Diversity 121 (Eva Brems ed., Cambridge University Press, 2012).


A Name of One’s Own: Gender and Symbolic Legal Personhood at the European Court of Human Rights, 33 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 248-307 (2010).


Adjudicating Appearance: From Identity to Personhood, 19 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 49-124 (2007).


Weighty Speech: Addressing Body Size in the Classroom, 28(3-4) Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 267-280 (2006).



For Selected Media in English and Hebrew, such as Op-Ed Columns, Media Reviews of My Research, and Legal Commentary see here.

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