Dr. Tammy Harel Ben-Shahar

תמי הראל בן שחר

Dr. Tammy Harel Ben Shahar is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, and the Academic Director of the Clinics for Law and Social Change. Dr. Harel Ben Shahar completed her LLD at the Hebrew University Law Faculty. Her dissertation on Equality in Education and the Privatization of Education won the Bronfman prize for outstanding dissertation in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. After completing her doctoral studies, Harel Ben Shahar spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar at Columbia University and at the Tikvah Center in the NYU Law school as a Fulbright fellow. Her scholarship engages issues in the intersection between Law and Philosophy, and focuses especially on Education Law and Philosophy, Distributive Justice, Human Rights, and Political Philosophy.

  • Post-doctoral fellow, Columbia University Law School (2015).
  • Post-doctoral Tikvah fellow, NYU School of Law (2014); David Berg fellow (2014).
  • L.L.D, The Faculty of Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2013).
  • L.L.B (summa cum laude), The Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, (2003).

Grants, Prizes and Fellowships

  • Israel Science Foundation grant (ISF) 2019-2022
  • The Ettie and Dusty Miller Prize for outstanding junior researchers, 2019
  • German Israel Foundation (GIF) grant 2018
  • Chosen to participate in Israel’s 2017 Junior Law Faculty Workshop, 2017
  • The Center for Ethics and Education Grant, 2016
  • The Tikvah Foundation Fellowship
  • The Fulbright-Rabin Award, 2014
  • The Alan Bronfman prize for best PHD dissertation.
  • The Birk Award for Distinguished Young Scholar of Law, 2013
  • The Harry and Sylvia Hoffman Leadership Program Fellowship 2011-2013
  • The Sarah Wolf Award, Hebrew University, 2012
  • Kretzmer Human Rights Fellowship, The Minerva Center for Human Rights, 2011
  • Research Fellow, the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University 2009-2011
  • The Switzerland-Israel Philosophy Fund Scholarship, 2009

Fields of Interest

  • Education Law
  • Political Philosophy
  • Distributive Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Equality
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Public Law



Work in progress

  • “On the Intrinsic Value of High Cognitive Ability”.
  • “Limitarianism and Relative Thresholds”
  • “Diversity, Paternalism and Excellence: Challenges to Inclusive Campuses” (with Sigal Ben-Porath)
  • “Ability Segregation”
  • “Positional goods and multidimensional contextualism”
  • “Stereotype threat and data-based education” (with Shai Olsher)
  • “The last (and first) private school in Israel” (with Haran Reichman and Renana Miskin)

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