Faculty

Ran Hirschl

Office Location

SS 3125

Phone Number

416-978-5304

Fax Number

416-978-5566

Email Address

ran.hirschl@utoronto.ca

Website

www.law.utoronto.ca/faculty/hirschl

Area Group(s)

  • Comparative Politics
  • Canadian Government

Education

  • 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

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

Biography

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). From 2006 to 2016 he held the Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development. Professor Hirschl is the author of several major books, including Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism (Harvard University Press, 2004 & 2007); Constitutional Theocracy (Harvard University Press, 2010) – winner of the 2011 Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory; Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2014) – winner of the 2015 APSA C. Herman Pritchett award for the best book on law and courts; and City, State: Comparative Constitutionalism and the Mega-City (forthcoming with Oxford University Press), as well as over 100 articles and book chapters on comparative constitutionalism and judicial review published in major social science journals (e.g. Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Law & Social Inquiry, Constellations, Revue Française de Science Politique, Human Rights Quarterly, Annual Review of Political Science), public law journals (e.g. International Journal of Constitutional Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, Human Rights Quarterly, Chicago Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal), and agenda-setting edited collections (e.g. Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford Handbook of Law & Politics). Professor Hirschl is the recipient of several prestigious research fellowships and scholarly awards in five different countries: Canada, Israel, the United States, Australia and Germany, including, most recently a Killam Research Fellowship by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Alexander von Humboldt International Research Award by the Germany’s Humboldt Foundation. He is editor of a book series on comparative constitutional law and policy published by Cambridge University Press, and the co-president of the International Society of Public Law. His work on the intersection of social science and public law has been translated into various languages, discussed in numerous scholarly fora, cited in high court decisions, and addressed in media venues worldwide.

Research Interests

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

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