Ran Hirschl
Professor of Political Science and Law
University of Toronto
Senior Canada Research Chair
Constitutionalism, Democracy, and Development

Ran Hirschl is Professor of Political Science and Law, and holds a senior Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development. He completed his B.A., LL.B., and M.A. at Tel-Aviv University, and received his M.Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University. His primary areas of interest are comparative constitutional law, constitutional and judicial politics, and comparative legal traditions and institutions more generally. 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, served as the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and has recently been appointed a Global Faculty member at NYU Law School. In 2010, he delivered the Annual Lecture in Law and Society at Oxford University. While at Yale and the University of Toronto he received several other fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Scholar nomination, Connaught Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, and a first-ranked nationwide Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant. In recognition of his excellence in research and teaching, he has received the Faculty of Arts & Science Dean's Merit Award for ten consecutive years, and most recently, the Faculty's Outstanding Teaching Award.   

"Constitutional Law Meets Comparative Politics: Socio-Economic Rights & Political Realities" (with Evan Rosevear) in The Legal Protection of Human Rights: Sceptical Essays  (Tom Campbell and K.D. Ewing, eds.; Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2011)  
"Constitutional Courts and Social Welfare Rights: The 'Weak Courts, Strong Rights' Argument Re-examined," Ottawa Law Review 40 (2009): 173-183 

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