Former Fellow, 2002-2003
While at LAPA
Life after LAPA
Ran Hirschl is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Toronto, where he holds a senior Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development. He completed his B.A., LL.B., and M.A. at Tel-Aviv University, and received his M.Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University. His primary areas of interest are comparative constitutional law, constitutional and judicial politics, and comparative legal traditions and institutions more generally. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, and at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs, served as the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and has recently been appointed a Global Faculty member at NYU Law School, and a Fellow of NYU's Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice. In 2010, he delivered the Annual Lecture in Law and Society at Oxford University. While at Yale and the University of Toronto he received several other fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Scholar nomination, Connaught Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, and a first-ranked nationwide Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant. In recognition of his excellence in research and teaching, he has received the Faculty of Arts & Science Dean's Merit Award for ten consecutive years, and most recently, the Faculty's Outstanding Teaching Award.
Professor Hirschl is the author of Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism (Harvard University Press, 2004 & 2007), and Constitutional Theocracy (Harvard University Press, 2010), and is the editor (with Christopher L. Eisgruber), of a special symposium issue of I-CON International Journal of Constitutional Law entitled "North American Constitutionalism". He is the editor of a Cambridge University Press book series on comparative constitutional law & policy.
Professor Hirschl has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and politics in journals such as Law & Social Inquiry, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, American Journal of Comparative Law, Constellations, Human Rights Quarterly, Annual Review of Political Science, International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, as well as numerous articles in law reviews, including most recently the Cardozo Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal and the Texas Law Review, and has contributed chapters to edited collections such as The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence (Cambridge, 2005); The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006); The Oxford Handbook of Law & Politics (Oxford, 2008); Montesquieu and His Legacy (SUNY, 2009); The Oxford Handbook of Political Science (Oxford, 2009); The Limits of Constitutional Democracy (Princeton, 2010); and Rescuing Human Rights (Oxford, 2010).
Comparative Matters: Legal Studies for the 21st Century
Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism (Harvard University Press, 2004 & 2007).
"North American Constitutionalism"(Ran Hirschl and Christopher L. Eisgruber, eds.) International Journal of Constitutional Law (April 2006) Special 200 pp. symposium issue featuring ten original essays by prominent scholars of constitutional law and politics in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
"Constitutional Law Meets Comparative Politics: Socio-Economic Rights & Political Realities" The Legal Protection of Human Rights: Sceptical Essays (Tom Campbell and K.D. Ewing, eds.; Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2011)
"Constitutionalism in a Theocratic World"
"The Judicialization of Politics"
"The Socio-Political Origins of Israel's Juristocracy"
"The Realist Turn in Comparative Constitutional Politics"
"The New Wall of Separation: Permitting Diversity, Restricting Competition" (with Ayelet Shachar)
"The 'Design Sciences' and Constitutional 'Success'"
"Montesquieu and the Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law"
"Constitutional Courts as Bulwarks of Secularism" Courts and Consequences: The Exercise of Judicial Review in Comparative Perspective
"Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion"
"The Political Economy of Constitutionalism in a Non-Secularist World" Comparative Constitutional Design
"The Judicialization of Politics"
"Juristocracy vs. Theocracy?
"Constitutional Courts and Social Welfare Rights:
"The Judicialization of Mega-Politics and the Rise of Political Courts"
"Comparative Constitutional Law: Thoughts on Substance and Method"
"Comparative Constitutional Law" Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States
"The Rise of Constitutional Theocracy" Harvard International Law Journal 49 (2008): 72-82
"Courts and Judicial Review" (with Gerald Baier)
"The Theocratic Challenge to Constitution Drafting in Post-Conflict States"
"Canada's Contribution to the Comparative Study of Rights and Judicial Review"
"Citizenship as Inherited Property" (with Ayelet Shachar)
"The Constitution Act, 1982 and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms"
"The New Constitutionalism and the Judicialization of Pure Politics Worldwide"
Translated to Portugese and reprinted in Revista de Direito Administrativo 251 (2009): 139-177
"On the Blurred Methodological Matrix of Comparative Constitutional Law"
"Prologue: North American Constitutionalism?"
"The Question of Case Selection in Comparative Constitutional Law"
"Constitutionalism, Judicial Review, and Progressive Change"
"Constitutional Transformation, Gender Equality, and Religious/National Conflict
An extended version of the above article appeared in:
"Constitutional Courts vs. Religious Fundamentalism:
"Constitutional Rights Jurisprudence in Canada and the United States:
"'Juristocracy' - Political, not Juridical"
"The Political Origins of the New Constitutionalism"
"Repositioning the Judicialization of Politics: Bush v. Gore as a Global Trend"
"Beyond the American Experience: The Global Expansion of Judicial Review"
"The Political Origins of Judicial Empowerment through Constitutionalization:
"Civil Society v. The State of Israel: Two Conceptions of Civil Society
"Negative Rights vs. Positive Entitlements: A Comparative Study of Judicial
"The Political Origins of Judicial Empowerment through the
Excerpt reprinted in: The Democracy Sourcebook
"The Great Economic-Juridical Shift: The Legal Arena and the
"Looking Sideways, Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards:
"The Struggle for Hegemony: Explaining the Expansion of Judicial Power
"The Judicial Interpretation of Entrenched Civil Liberties
"The 'Constitutional Revolution' and the Emergence
September 18 2014, 4:30 PM, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
September 19 2014,
November 23 2014, By invitation only