Hanoch Dagan

Justin D'Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business, and Society (Fall 2015)

Hanoch Dagan

Justin D'Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business, and Society (Fall 2015)

Areas of teaching and research

  • Property
  • Contracts
  • Restitution and unjust enrichment
  • Private law theory
  • American legal theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Yale Law School, J.S.D., 1993
  • Yale Law School, LL.M., 1991
  • Tel-Aviv University Law School, LL.B., 1988


Hanoch Dagan is the Stewart and Judy Colton Professor of Legal Theory and Innovation and former dean of Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. He also served as the founding director of the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, the director of The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, and the editor in chief of Theoretical Inquiries in Law.

Among his many publications are more than 70 articles in major law reviews and journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review. Dagan also has written six books. He is now working (with Michael Heller) on a new book – The Choice Theory of Contracts (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Dagan was also the Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business, and Society in the Fall of 2012 and the Fall of 2014. He also has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, The University of Michigan Law School, Cornell University Law School, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law. Dagan obtained his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School after receiving his LL.B., summa cum laude, from Tel Aviv University.

Selected Publications


Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Properties of Property (Wolters Kluwer, 2012) (with Gregory S. Alexander)

Property: Values and Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2011)

The Law and Ethics of Restitution (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Unjust Enrichment: A Study of Private Law and Public Values (Cambridge University Press, 1997)


"Doctrinal Categories, Legal Realism, and The Rule of Law," 163 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1889 (2015). 

"Law as an Academic Discipline", in Stateless Law 43 (Shauna Van Praagh & Helge Dedek eds., 2015).

 "Private Law Pluralism and the Rule of Law," in Private Law and the Rule of Law 158 (Lisa Austin & Dennis Klimchuk eds., 2014). 

"Liberalism and the Private Law of Property," 1 Crit. Anal. L. 268 (2014). 

"Property’s Structural Pluralism: On Autonomy, the Rule of Law, and the Role of Blackstonian Ownership," 3 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Rts. Conf. J. 27 (2014). 

"Defending Legal Realism: A Response to Four Critics," 1 Crit. Anal. L. 254 (2014). 

"Normative Jurisprudence and Legal Realism," 63 U. Toronto L. J. (2014). 

"Managing Our Money: The Law of Financial Fiduciaries as a Private Law Institution," in The Philosophical Foundations of Fiduciary Law 91 (Andrew Gold & Paul B. Miller eds., 2014) (with Sharon Hannes). 

"Inside Property," 63 U. Toronto L. J. 1 (2013) (The 2012 Cecil A. Wright Memorial Lecture). Commented by Lisa M. Austin, Pluralism, Context and the Internal Life of Property: A Response to Hanoch Dagan, 63 U. Toronto L.J. 22 (2013). 

"Pluralism and Perfectionism in Private Law," 112 Colum. L. Rev. 1409 (2012). 

"The Character of Legal Theory," 96 Cornell L. Rev. 671 (2011) (with Roy Kreitner).