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Omer Ein-Habar

S.J.D. Candidate

Graduate Fellow

LL.M. Advisor


The Law and Political Economy of Physical Infrastructure

Physical space and infrastructure are legally constructed through political decision-making. This legal construction, therefore, creates a space modeled on specific political visions. For instance, the Interstate Highway System, funded by the federal government in midcentury America, was built in areas where predominantly marginalized communities lived, resulting in their displacement. The harms caused by these urban highways were entrenched in concrete and still persist today, for example in the form of mobility and wealth gaps. Recognizing the influential role of space and its affordances in shaping society, ongoing discussions are taking place among legislators, regulators, and academics regarding the imperative to equitably empower marginalized communities through investment in physical infrastructure.

In my research, I explore how contemporary infrastructure projects serve as a means to decentralize legal, political, and economic power. Specifically, I investigate the implications of legally implementing significant social promises through state and local governments, and what these promises entail in a reality of proliferating political polarization. I plan to map the diverse manifestations of this fundamental tension, with a particular focus on water infrastructure as a starting point for exploring broader questions of infrastructural exclusion, commodification, and decentralization.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Law and Political Economy of Networks, Platforms, and Utilities with Professor Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • State and Local Government with Professor Maureen E. Brady, Harvard Law School
  • Legal Geography with Professor Lucie E. White, Harvard Law School
  • Water Law, Management, and Policy with Professor James Salzman, UCLA School of Law

Additional Research Interests

  • Property Law
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Federalism
  • Networks, Platforms, and Utilities


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2023 – Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program 2022-2023 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • Tel Aviv University, LL.B. 2020

Representative Publications

Omer Ein Habar & Guy Priver, Art Without Boundaries? The Museum as a Local Institution, 46 Tau L. Rev. F. (2023) (Heb.)

Omer Ein Habar, Aya Omassi, Adan Tatour, The Moral Commitment of Law Students and Law Reviews, 43(2) TAU. L. REV. 287 (2020) (Heb.).

Additional Information

Languages: English, Hebrew

Last Updated: July 24, 2023