Yifat Aran

Dr. Yifat Aran

Dr. Aran is an assistant professor of business law, specializing in law and entrepreneurship, and venture capital.

She graduated from Stanford University (JSM, 2015; JSD, 2020) where she was a fellow of the prestigious Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Program (SIGF) and the John Olin Program in Law and Economics. She also holds degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LLB; LLM), where she graduated as valedictorian.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Aran has extensive experience as an attorney practicing corporate and commercial litigation. She served as a law clerk to Chief Justice, Dorit Beinisch, and a senior law clerk to Chief Justice, Dr. Asher Grunis.

In her research, she examines the relationships among investors, entrepreneurs, and employees in start-up companies, focusing especially on legal conditions that foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities regulation
  • Venture Capital
  • Law and Entrepreneurship
  • Equity Illusions, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization (2023) (with Raviv Murciano-Goroff).
  • The Startup Law of the Startup Nation, 53 Hebrew University Law Review (forthcoming, 2022) (in Hebrew).
  • The Effect of Specialized Court over Time, in Time, Law, and Change: An Interdisciplinary Study 167 (Sofia Ranchordas & Yaniv Roznai eds., Hart Publishing, 2020) (with Moran Ofir)
  • Making Disclosure Work for Start-Up Employees 2019(3) Columbia Business Law Review 102 (2019)
  • Beyond Covenants Not to Compete: Equilibrium in High-Tech Start-Up Labor Markets 70(4) Stanford Law Review 1235 (2018)
  • Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Theoretical and Comparative Analysis of Startup Ownership (2023-2025)
  • Institute Fellowship, The Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, Rutgers University, 2022
  • Summer Fellowship, The Center for Advanced Studies on the Foundations of Law and Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt, 2022
  • Donna Schweers and Thomas Geiser Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF), Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education, 2017-2020
  • John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics, Summer Research Fellowship, Stanford Law School, 2017
  • John Hart Ely Prize for Outstanding Performance in Law and Economics Seminar, Taught by Professor Mitchell A. Polinsky, Stanford Law School, 2017
  • Intellectual Property Writing Award, Stanford Law School Internal Writing Competition, 2017
  • International Peace Scholarship, P.E.O. International Sisterhood, 2016–2017; 2017-2018
  • E. David Fischman Scholarship, The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, 2014–2017.
  • Silvan Cohen Fund Scholarship, Hebrew University Law School Award for Advanced Legal Studies Abroad, 2017-2018
  • Lamas Fund Scholarship, Hebrew University Rector Award for Advanced Legal Studies Abroad, 2015–2016; 2017-2018
  • Decalogue Fund Scholarship, Hebrew U. Law School Award for Advanced Legal Studies Abroad, 2014–2015; 2019-2020
  • Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Modern American Legal Thought, Taught by Professor Barbara Fried, Stanford Law School, 2015
  • Stanford Law School Fellowship, 2014–2015
  • Lionel Cohen Award, Hebrew University Law School Award for the Class Valedictorian, 2010
  • Wolf Foundation Award for Excellence in Studies, Hebrew University Rector Award, 2009
  • Eisenberg Award for an Outstanding Law Student, Hebrew University Law School Award, 2008