Avihay Dorfman

Visiting Professor of Law
Avihay Dorfman
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
307 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5415
Email: ad924@cornell.edu

Gina Jackson
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: gj13@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Avihay Dorfman is a senior lecturer (with tenure) at Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law.

He works in the theoretical foundations of private law with particular emphasis on torts and property. He has written articles on various basic questions in private law theory and doctrine as well as on privatization and religious liberty. In each of these studies, Dorfman focuses on the non-instrumental ideas that underlie key legal institutions. In that, his studies elaborate the distinctive implications of the law for the possibility of establishing form of interpersonal recognition among persons.

Dorfman has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. In 2004-2005, he clerked for the Honorable Aharon Barak, the (then) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel.


LL.B., Haifa University, 2004
B.A., Haifa University, 2005
LL.M., Yale Law School, 2006
J.S.D., Yale Law School, 2008