Ran Hirschl

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  • Comparative Politics
  • Canadian Government


  • B.A. (Hons.), Tel-Aviv University
  • M.A., Tel-Aviv University
  • LL.B., Tel-Aviv University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Ran Hirschl

Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy, and Development
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


His primary areas of interest are Canadian and comparative legal institutions, constitutional law, and judicial politics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), and holds a Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development. Professor Hirschl is the author of Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism (Harvard University Press, 2004 & 2007); Constitutional Theocracy (Harvard University Press, 2010);, and Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), as well as over 80 articles and chapters on Canadian and comparative constitutional law and politics published in journals such as Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Annual Review of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Law & Social Inquiry, Representation, Revue Française de Science Politique, American Journal of Comparative Law, Constellations, Human Rights Quarterly, the Oxford Handbook of Political Science, , and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, and at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs, and served as distinguished visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at NYU Law School. In 2010, he delivered the Annual Lecture in Law & Society at Oxford University, and received the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. Professor Hirschl was recently awarded a Killam Research Fellowship—one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards—by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Research Interests

  • Canadian and Comparative Legal Institutions
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Politics

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