The former Dean of TAU’s Buchmann Faculty of Law is an EMET Prize Laureate, member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Ariel Porat has been named President of Tel Aviv University, the ninth since TAU’s founding in 1956. Widely recognized in his field of law, Prof. Porat is an EMET Prize Laureate (2014) and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences. Between 2002-2006, he served as Dean of Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann Faculty of Law and is currently Alain Poher Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

“Tel Aviv University is the most comprehensive university in the country — one of the most comprehensive in the world,” says Prof. Porat. “There is almost no field that is not fully represented at Tel Aviv University, and this is an enormous advantage for researchers, who have every opportunity to collaborate across disciplines.”

According to Prof. Porat, Tel Aviv University’s exceptional range of fields uniquely positions students to excel in the workforce.

“There is an ever greater awareness today that students who are equipped with knowledge from several different disciplines make a rich contribution to the workplace, and students here have every opportunity to study various different fields,” explains Prof. Porat. “A student who studies computer science, for example, but who takes courses in the humanities will not only be enriched as a human being, but he or she will be afforded a definite advantage in the market.”

Prof. Porat has been a visiting professor at the University of Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, Stanford University, Toronto University, and the University of Virginia. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a former board member of the American Law and Economics Association. Between 1997-2002, Prof. Porat served as the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, and he is the founder of the journal Theoretical Inquiries in Law, which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading theoretical law journals. For his research, Prof. Porat has also been awarded the Zusman Prize for Young Scholars (1991), the Cheshin Prize (2010), and the Zeltner Prize (2012).

Prof. Porat has authored and co-authored several books, including Tort Liability under Uncertainty (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Getting Incentives Right (Princeton University Press, 2014), as well as dozens of articles including, most recently, “Free Speech and Cheap Talk” in The Journal of Legal Analysis (2019); “Tort Liability and the Risk of Discriminatory Government” in The University of Chicago Law Review (to be published in 2020); “Limited Inalienability Rules” in The Georgetown Law Journal (2019); “Personalizing Mandatory Rules in Contract Law” in The University of Chicago Law Review (2019); and “The Restoration Remedy in Private Law” in The Columbia Law Review (2018).

Prof. Porat was born in Tel Aviv and served in the Intelligence Unit of the Israel Defense Forces, where he holds the rank of Major (Res.). He received both his LLB degrees (1983) and PhD (1990) from Tel Aviv University and joined TAU’s Buchmann Faculty of Law in 1990.


(Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University)