Alex Stein

Joseph F. Cunningham Visiting Professor of Commercial and Insurance Law (Fall 2014)

Office: 435 West 116th Steet - Room 515
Office Hours (Monday) 2:00-4:00 or by Individual Apppointment
Tel: 212-854-4947

Assistant Info

Name: Hilda Daniels
Phone: 212-854-8714

Areas of teaching and research
  • Torts
  • Medical malpractice
  • Evidence
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal procedure
  • Economic analysis of law
  • University of London, Ph.D., 1990
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.M., 1987
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B., 1983

Alex Stein is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has published widely in the U.S. and abroad on torts, medical malpractice, evidence, civil and criminal procedure, and criminal law. His writings combine law with economic theories and moral philosophy.

Stein is the author of Foundations of Evidence Law and coauthor of Tort Liability Under Uncertainty, both published by Oxford University Press. He has also published numerous articles that have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Texas Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and other leading journals.

Formerly a professor of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Stein is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Evidence & Proof and was one of the founding editors of Theoretical Inquiries in Law. He has held visiting positions and taught at several institutions that include Columbia Law School and Yale Law School.  His website is and he also runs an e-Journal, STEIN on Medical Malpractice, that discusses cutting-edge developments in medical malpractice law.

Selected publications

“Inefficient Evidence” Alabama Law Review 66 (2015)

“Catalogs” Columbia Law Review 115 (2015) (with Gideon Parchomovsky)

"Are People Probabilistically Challenged? Book Review of Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow" Michigan Law Review 111 (2013): 855-875

“Toward a Theory of Medical Malpractice” Iowa Law Review 97 (2012): 1201-1257

“The Distortionary Effect of Evidence on Primary Behavior” Harvard Law Review 124 (2010): 518-548 (with Gideon Parchomovsky)