Ariel Porat
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Ariel Porat

Associate Member and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

Ariel Porat is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the winner of the EMET Prize (2014). In 2002-2006, he was the Dean of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. He is Alain Poher Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he visits annually. He was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, Stanford University, University of Toronto and the University of Virginia. Porat is a member of the American Law Institute, a former board member of the American Law and Economics Association and a former president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law. He is the founder of the journal Theoretical Inquiries in Law and was its editor in chief in the years 1999-2003, author of several books including Tort Liability under Uncertainty (Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Alex Stein) and Getting Incentives Right (Princeton University Press, 2014) (with Robert Cooter), and author of many articles in torts and contracts, most recently, "Misalignments in Tort Law" 121 Yale Law Journal 82 (2011); "Aggregation and Law" 122 Yale Law Journal 2 (2012) (with Eric Posner); "Asymmetries and Incentives in Evidence Production" 122 Yale Law Journal 690 (2012) (with Saul Levmore); "Personalizing Default Rules and Disclosure with Big Data" 112 Michigan Law Review 1417 (2014) (with Lior Strahilevitz); "Offsetting Benefits" 100 Virginia Law Review 1165 (2014) (with Eric Posner); and "Personalizing Negligence Law" 91 NYU Law Review 627 (2016) (with Omri Ben-Shahar).

EDUCATION

Tel Aviv University
LLB, magna cum laude, 1983
LLM Studies, 1985
JSD, 1989

Yale Law School
Visiting Scholar (Post Doctorate Studies), 1989-1990

EXPERIENCE

Member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences, 2014-present

Tel Aviv University
Head of the University Strategic Steering Committee, 2013-2014
The Alain Poher Chair in Private Law, 2006-present
Professor, 2001-present 
Dean, 2002-2006 
President of the Israeli Law and Economics Association, 2002-2003
Director, Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, 1997-2002
Associate Professor, 1997-2001
Senior Lecturer with tenure, 1993-1997
Lecturer, 1990-1993 

The University of Chicago Law School
Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, 2003-present

University of Toronto
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, fall 2015

New York University
Global Visiting Professor of Law, fall 2010

Columbia Law School
Visiting Professor of Law, fall 2005 and 2007

University of Southen California Law School
Distinguished Visiting Professor, September 2007

University of Virginia School of Law
Visiting Professor of Law, fall 2004

Olin Center for Law and Economics, University of California at Berkeley
Visiting Faculty, February 2001; August 2002

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
Visiting Professor of Law, 1998-1999

"Personalizing Negligence Law" (University of Toronto, September 2015)

"Personalizing Negligence Law" Tort Law Group (NYU, May 2015)

"Personalizing Negligence Law," The Annual Conference of the American Law & Econ. Association, Columbia University, May 2015

"A Welfarist Perspective on Lies," The Annual Conference of the American Law & Econ. Association, Columbia University, May 2015

"Getting Incentives Right," Hitotsubashi ICS, Japan, April 2015

"Aggragating Probabiliies," University of Tokyo, Japan, April 2015

"Personalized Default Rules," Conference on Behavioral Industrial Organization and Consumer Protection; University College London, October 2014

"Valuable Lies," University of Chicago, October 2014

Keynote Speaker, "Aggregation and Law," Conference on Causation and Apportionment in Law, Economics and Philosophy; Institut Jean Nicod (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris), September 2014

"Valuable Lies," The Annual Conference of the Asian Law & Econ. Association; Taipei, June 2014

"Offsetting Benefits," The Annual Conference of the Asian Law & Econ. Association; Taipei, June 2014

"Credible Threats," The Annual Conference of the American Law & Econ. Association; Chicago, May 2014

"Disgorgements for Accidents," The Annual Conference of the American Law & Econ. Association; Chicago, May 2014

"Personalized Default Rules," The Annual Conference of the American Law & Econ. Association; Chicago, May 2014

"Offsetting Benefits," The Annual Conference of the American Law & Econ. Association; Chicago, May 2014

"Offsetting Benefits," The First Meeting of the Turkish Law and Economics Association; April, 2014

"Lapses of Attention in Road Accidents and Products Liability," University of Chicago, October 2013

"Lapses of Attention in Road Accidents and Products Liability," Cegla Conference, June 2013

"Negligence Liability for Non-Negligent Behavior," Berkeley University, January 2013

"Foundational Principles of Contract Law" Symposium on the Melvin Eisenberg's Foundational Principles of Contract Law at UC Berkeley, January 2013

“Negligence Liability for Non-Negligent Behavior," UC Berkeley, January 2013; University of Chicago, October 2012

“Aggregation and Law,” Mini-Symposium on the Article at Yale Law School, October 2012; University of Virginia, April 2012

“Mistake under the Common European Sales Law,” Symposium on the Common European Sales Law at University of Chicago, April 2012

“Negligence Liability for Non-Negligent Behavior,” University of Amsterdam, November 2011

“Misalignments in Tort Law,” Mini-Symposium on the Article at Yale Law School, October 2011; University of Michigan, September 2011; Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2011; University of Chicago, April 2011; Nortwestern University, March 2011

“Willingness to Pay, Death, Wealth, and Damages,” Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2011; Law & Economics Workshop at Berkeley University, October 2010

“Risk of Death,” Faculty Workshop at University of Texas, October 2010; NYC Tort Group, October 2010; Law & Economics Workshop at Harvard University, September 2010; Law & Economics Workshop at Stanford University, September 2010

“Commensurability and Agency,” Siena-Toronto-Tel Aviv Law and Economics Workshop, June 2011; Cornell-Tel Aviv Conference on The Future of Legal Theory, June 2010

“Viewing Unconscionability Through a Market Lens,” Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2010

"Market Failures under Risk of Death," Law and Philosophy Workshop at University of Chicago, December 2009

"Liability for Future Risks," Conference on Causation at University of Aberdeen, June 2009

"Private Production of Public Goods: Liability for Unrequested Benefits," Faculty Workshop at San-Diego Law School, May 2009

"Expanding Negligence Per-Se," Conference on the Restatement (Third) on Torts, April 2009

"Criminal Responsibility for Unspecified Offenses," Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2009; Faculty Workshop at Cornell Law School, March 2009

"A Comparative Fault Defense in Contracts," Conference on Fault in Contract Law at University of Chicago, September 2008

"Aggregating Probabilities Across Offences in Criminal Law," Law & Economics Workshop at University of Chicago, October 2008; Sienna-Tel-Aviv-Toronto Conference in Law & Economics, June 2008

"Liability for Lapses: ’First Order’ or ’Second Order’ Negligence?," Cegla International Conference on Patients' Safety at Tel Aviv University, May 2008; Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2008

"Expanding Restitution: Liability for Unrequested Benefits," Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2008; Faculty Workshop at University of Chicago, February 2008

"Advocating a General Duty of Restitution," Tort Law Group at NYU, October 2007; Work in Progress Workshop at Columbia University, October 2007; Work in Progress Workshop at University of Southern California, September 2007

"Offsetting Risks," Faculty Workshop at University of Southern California, September 2007; Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2007; Law & Economics Workshop at University of Pennsylvania, October 2006

Conference on Tort law and the Modern State at Columbia University, September 2006

"The Hidden Roles of Boilerplate," Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2006; Law & Economics Workshop at Hamburg University, January 2006; Conference on Boilerplates in Standard Form Contracts at Michigan University, September 2005

"Liability Externalities and Mandatory Choices," Law & Economics Workshop at Stanford University, November 2006; Law & Economics Workshop at UC Berkeley, September 2005

"Total Liability for Excessive Harm," Law & Economics Workshop at Harvard University, October 2005; Faculty Workshop at Columbia University, October 2005; Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2005

Conference on Risks at University of Pennsylvania, March 2005

"Total Liability for Excessive Harm," Faculty Workshop at Northwestern University, February 2005; Faculty Workshop at University of Chicago, February 2005; Law & Economics Workshop at UC Berkeley, September 2004

"Implementing the Law by Impartial Agents," Conference on Regulating Conflict of Interests at University of Pennsylvania, October 2003

"Deferred Implementation Agreements," Law & Economics Workshop at Virginia University, September 2004; Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2004; Law & Economics Workshop at UC Berkeley, September 2003

"The Intercation between Criminal and Non-Legal Sanctions," European University, February 2003

"Decreasing Liability Contracts," Faculty Workshop at University of Chicago, April 2003; Law & Economics Workshop at Columbia University, April 2003; Conference on the Economic Analysis of Contract Law at Virginia University, September 2002; The Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, September 2002

"Anti-Insurance," Annual Conference of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2002; Law & Economics Workshop at Hamburg University, November 2001; Law & Economics Workshop at University of Chicago, November 2001; Law & Economics Workshop at Toronto University, November 2001; Law & Economics Workshop at UC Berkeley, February 2001; Law & Economics Workshop at Michigan University, February 2001

"The Many Faces of Negligence," The Comparative Law & Economics Forum, June 2000

"Should Courts Deduct Non-Legal Sanctions from Damages?," Law & Economics Workshop at UC Berkeley, 2000"Enforcing Contracts in Dysfunctional Legal Systems: The Close Relationship between

Public and Private Orders," Conference on Empirical Research in Commercial Transactions at Michigan University, February 2000

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences (2014-present)
  • American Law Institute (2005-present)
  • Board Member, American Law & Economics Association (2008-2011)

EDITORIAL WORK

  • Founder and Editor in Chief, Theoretical Inquiries in Law (1999-2003)