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). 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 (Oxford University Press, 2020), as well as over 120 articles and book chapters on constitutional law and its intersection with comparative politics and society published in major social science journals (e.g. Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Law & Social Inquiry, Constellations, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Revue Française de Science Politique, 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 prestigious research fellowships and scholarly awards in five different countries: Canada, Israel, the United States, Australia and Germany, including, 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 has held distinguished visiting professorship positions at NYU, Harvard, and NUS. He is editor of a book series on comparative constitutional law and policy published by Cambridge University Press, and the former 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 (most recently in 2020 by the Supreme Court of Canada), and addressed in media venues worldwide.

Research Interests

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

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