Oren Tamir
Scholar in Residence, Academic Year 2022-2023

Oren is a research fellow at Harvard Law, where he is working with several offices there to democratize and diversify legal knowledge. His research interests are primarily in public law, both U.S. and comparative.

Oren received his SJD and LLM from Harvard Law School and LLB (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before his graduate studies, Oren clerked for Justice (now Chief Justice) Esther Hayut of the Israeli Supreme Court and worked for three years as an assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and Legislative Affairs in Israel’s Ministry of Justice. Oren’s previous work has been published in, among other venues, the Maryland Law Review and the Chicago Journal of International Law, and he is also in the process of completing a U.S. constitutional law case book, co-authored with Professor Lawrence Lessig, which will be out with MIT Press and is intended to also be the first of its kind to be available in electronic form.

While at NYU, Oren will work on several projects. He will be finalizing his book manuscript that offers a new theory of constitutional review. He will also be completing a project that attempts to re-imagine the field of administrative law and to suggest how we should build administrative states around the world in a way that would put them on a stronger footing (among other things as a response to various attempts around the world to bring forth their “deconstruction” and to attack knowledge and expertise). Finally, Oren will work on a project that criticizes the literature on “abusive constitutionalism” or “democratic decline”—suggesting that it has complicated “dark sides” that are counterproductive to its aim of better safeguarding democracies.


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