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Prof. Alon Harel Prof. Alon Harel
Phillip and Estelle Mizock chair in administrative and criminal law
Phone:  +972-2-5882582
Fax:  +972-2-5823042
E-Mail:  alon.harel@mail.huji.ac.il
fields of interest:
moral and political philosophy; philosophy of law; criminal law; law and economics, behavioral law and economics.
 
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Professor Alon Harel is Phillip and Estelle Mizock chair in administrative and criminal law at the Hebrew University and a member of the Center of Rationality. His areas of expertise include moral and political philosophy, legal theory, law and economics, constitutional law and criminal law. Professor Harel was a visiting professor at U. Chicago, Columbia Law School, Texas Law School and Boston University Law School. He was a fellow at the Ethics Center at University of Toronto and at Harvard University.
Professor Harel recent book Why Law Matters (OUP, 2014) argues that political and legal institutions are not merely means to bring about desirable outcomes such as justice, security and prosperity. Why Law Matters defends the argument that legal institutions and legal procedures are valuable and matter as such, irrespective of their instrumental value. It argues on these grounds against the privatization of punishment, in favor of binding constitutional provisions and in favor of judicial review.

Education:

LL.B., Hebrew University, (1983) (with distinction).
LL.M., Hebrew University (1985) (with distinction).
D. Phil. (Philosophy of Law) (1988) (Balliol College, Oxford).

Employment:
Lecturer in Law, Hebrew University 1990-1996.
Senior Lecturer in Law 1996.
Professor in Law 2000.
Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law, 2003.
Phillip P. Mizock & Estelle Mizock Chair in Administrative and Criminal Law, 2005

 

 

Visiting positions:

Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School 1998-9.

Visiting Professor at University of Toronto Law School, Sep. 2000.
Faculty Fellow
- 2002-3, Center of Ethics and the Professions, Harvard University.
Faculty Fellow -
2006-7, Centre of Ethics, University of Toronto.

Visiting Professor at Texas Law School (Spring, 2008)
Visiting Professor Fall 2015 University of Chicago Law School 

Recent publications include:

  1. Alon Harel, Why Law Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014).

    Reviews:
    Reviews:
    a. The Washington Post, Book Review: ‘Why Law Matters’ by Alon Harel, By Will Baude November 6, 2014.

    b. Book  Review:  Why  Law Matters  By  Alon  Harel, Mark  Coombes.

    c. Book Review Debate: Zucca and Harel 15 International Journal of Constitutional Law 301-318 (2015)

    d. Arie Rosen, Book Review 34 Law and Philosophy 699-708 (2015)

    e. Barbara Levenbook, Book Review Notre Dame Philosophical Review 6/10/2015 

    f. Rutgers Symposium on WHY LAW MATTERS Comments by Malcolm Thorburn, Ekow Yankaw, Leo Zaibert, Guyora Binder, Kyron Huigens with a response by Alon Harel 2 Critical Analysis of Law (2015)

    g. Michel Paradis Dignity Under Law New Rambler Review16/12/2015

    h. Yossi Nehushtan, The Case for Modest Constitutional Instrumentalism 30 Constitutional Commentary 639-666 (215)

    i. Jacob Weinrib, Book Review: Why Law Matters 29 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 267-270 (2016).

    j. Leonard Kahn, Book Review 126 Ethics 831-836 (2016).
     
       
  2. Alon Harel, Against Privatization as Such (forthcoming in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2016) (with Avihay Dorfman).
  3. Alon Harel, The Duty to Criminalize 34 Law and Philosophy 1-22 (2015). 
  4. Alon Harel, Necessity Knows No Law (forthcoming Toronto University L.J., 2011) (with Assaf Sharon).
  5. Alon Harel, Commensurability and Agency: Yet Two Unmet Challenges to Law and Economics 96 Cornell L. Rev. 749-788 (2011) (with Ariel Porat).
  6. Alon Harel, The Easy Core Case for Judicial Review  2 Journal of Legal Analysis 227-256  (with Tsvi Kahana).
  7. Alon Harel, Criminal Responsibility for Unspecified Offences 94 Minnesota L. Rev. 261-310 (2009) (with Ariel Porat)
  8. Alon Harel, Uncertainty Revisited: Legal Prediction and Legal Postdiction 107 Michigan L. Rev. 467-499 (2008) (with Ehud Guttel).
  9. Alon Harel, The Economics of Stigma: Why More Detection of Crime May Result in Less Stigmatization 36 Journal of Legal Studies 355-377 (2007) (with Alon Klement).
  10. Alon Harel, The Right to Judicial Review 92 Virginia L. Rev. 991-1022 (2006) (with Yuval Eylon).
  11. Alon Harel, Matching Probabilities: The Behavioral Law & Economics of Repeated Behavior 72 University of Chicago L. Rev., 1197-2005 (2005) (with Ehud Guttel).
  12. Alon Harel, Theories of Rights in Blackwell’s Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory,191-206(eds. Martin P. Golding & William Edmundson, 2005).
  13. Alon Harel, The Virtues of Uncertainty in Law: An Experimental Approach 89 Iowa L. Rev. 443-494 (2004) (with Tom Baker and Tamar Kugler).
  14. Alon Harel, Theories of Rights in Blackwell’s Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory,191-206(eds. Martin P. Golding & William Edmundson, 2005).
  15. Alon Harel, The Virtues of Uncertainty in Law: An Experimental Approach 89 Iowa L. Rev. 443-494 (2004) (with Tom Baker and Tamar Kugler).

 

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