Yael Lifshitz

Associate in Law

Yael Lifshitz

Associate in Law

Lifshitz’s scholarship focuses on questions of resource management, as reflected in the fields of property, energy, natural resource, environmental law and land use. Her research examines the diverse set of rules and institutions that govern access to resources, through two principle strands. The first relates to property law and theory. Her current project contributes to property theory by unpacking the spatial dimension of property regimes, while in a previous article she tackled the initial allocation of property entitlements. The second strand of her scholarship studies questions of resource control as applied to energy and natural resources. In her doctoral dissertation and the articles that followed from it, she honed in specifically on resource management with regards to wind energy, an increasingly important source of energy.

Lifshitz has published in the University of Toronto Law Journal, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and in the NYU Environmental Law Journal, and has presented her work at the American Law and Economics Association annual meeting at Columbia Law School (2015), and at seminars and conferences at NYU, Yale, Michigan, University of British Columbia and Tel Aviv University.

Prior to joining Columbia as an Associate in Law, Lifshitz was a fellow with the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU, where she also served as advisor to the Environmental and Energy Law LL.M. program. Prior to her graduate studies, she served as a clerk on the Supreme Court of Israel, to both Hon. Deputy Chief Justice Rivlin and Hon. Justice Vogelman.

Lifshitz holds a J.S.D. and an LL.M from NYU School of Law, and a LL.B, magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Her research agenda may be found here.

  • J.S.D., New York University School of Law, 2017
  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2012
  • LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009
Areas of Expertise
  • Property Law and Theory
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Law and Economics
  • Land Use
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LL.M. Legal Research and Writing