Yishai Blank

Visiting Professor of Law

Fall 2017


Assistant: Thompson Potter / 617-496-5028


Yishai Blank is Professor of Law and the former Vice Dean for academic affairs at Tel Aviv University, where his teaching and research focus on local government law, administrative law, global cities, urban theory and policy, religion and secularism, sexuality, and legal theory. Professor Blank is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (LL.B. and B.A. in philosophy, both magna cum laude), and of Harvard Law School (LL.M. and S.J.D.). Before pursuing his graduate studies at Harvard, he clerked for Chief Justice Aharon Barak, the President of the Israeli Supreme Court, and practiced law at one of Israel’s leading law firms.

A two-times recipient of Israel’s most competitive research grant (given by the Israel Science Foundation), Professor Blank was also a member of the Young Scholar’s Forum in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Israeli Academy of Sciences. He currently serves as the chief editor of the Tel Aviv University Law Review. Professor Blank’s articles have been published in law journals in the United States and in Israel, including Stanford Law Review (forthcoming), Cornell Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Harvard Journal of International Law, Fordham Urban Law Journal, the Urban Lawyer, Tel-Aviv University Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. His work has been reprinted in collections and books on local government law and international law.

Professor Blank is currently working on a book-length project on the legal aspects of the globalization of cities, and their relationship to the changing roles of cities in the emerging new global order. Focusing on the interaction between law, society and space, Professor Blank uses an interdisciplinary analysis, drawing on insights from sociology, geography, urban planning, history and political theory. Professor Blank has been a visiting professor in universities in the United States and around the world, including, Cornell, Brown, University of Toronto (Canada), Queen’s University (Canada), Sciences Po (Paris), Hamburg University (Germany), and the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain).

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Assistant: Thompson Potter / 617-496-5028