Prof. Bell Abraham

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Room 101, new wing
Reception hours: 
meetings should be coordinated in advance


Research interests: 

Property law and theory, public international law and theory, public law.



Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Property Law in The Economic Approach to Law (Uriel Procaccia, ed., 2012) (Hebrew).





  1. Economic Analysis of the Law of Territorial Sovereignty in Research Handbook on the Economics of Public International Law (Eugene Kontorovich, ed., forthcoming).
  2. Title in the Shadow of Possession in The Law and Economics of Possession (Yun-Chien Chang, ed., forthcoming)
  3. Should Decreases in Property Value Caused By Regulations Be Compensated?, in Land Policies and Property Rights (Gregory K. Ingram & Yu-Hung Hong, eds., forthcoming, 2009).


  1. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Copyright Trust, 90 Cornell L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2015).
  2. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Reinventing Copyright and Patent, 113 U. Mich. L. Rev. 231 (2014).
  3. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Governing Communities by Auction, 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1 (2014).
  4. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Property Lost in Translation, 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. 515 (2013).
  5. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, The Case for Imperfect Enforcement of Property Rights, 160 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1927 (2012).
  6. A Critique of the Goldstone Report and its Treatment of International Humanitarian Law, 104 ASIL Proc. 79 (2010).
  7. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, The Hidden Function of Takings Compensation, 96 Va. L. Rev. 1673 (2010).
  8. Abraham Bell & Dov Shefi, The Mythical Post-2005 Israeli Occupation of the Gaza Strip, 16 Israel Affairs 268 (2010).
  9. Private Takings, 76 U. Chi. L. Rev. 517 ( 2009).
  10. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, The Evolution and Devolution of Private Property, 10 Theoretical Inquiries L.77 (2009).
  11. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Reconfiguring Property in Three Dimensions, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev.1015(2008).
  12. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Taking Compensation Private, 59 Stan. L. Rev. 871 (2007).
  13. The Dispensable United Nations, Debate: Is the United Nations Still Relevant?, 155 U. Penn. L. Rev. PENNumbra 74 (2006).
  14. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, The Uselessness of Public Use, 106 Colum. L. Rev. 1412 (2006).
  15. Abraham Bell& Gideon Parchomovsky, Of Property and Federalism, 115 Yale L. J. 72 (2005).
  16. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, A Theory of Property, 90 Cornell L. Rev. 531 (2005).
  17. Abraham Bell& Gideon Parchomovsky, Of Property and Anti-Property, 102 Mich.L. Rev. 1 (2004).
  18. Not Just Compensation, 13 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 29 (2003).
  19. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Pliability Rules, 101 Mich.L. Rev. 1 (2002).
  20. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Givings, 111 Yale L. J. 547 (2001).
  21. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Takings Reassessed, 87 Va.L. Rev. 271 (2001).
  22. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, The Integration Game, 100 Colum. L. Rev. 1965 (2000).


  1. Israel May Stop Supplying Water and Electricity to Gaza, Kohelet Policy Forum Legal Opinion, (July 2014).
  2. Abraham Bell & Eugene Kontorovich, EU's Israel Grant Guidelines: A Legal and Policy Analysis, Kohelet Policy Forum Research Paper (October 2013).
  3. Reinvigorating the Discussion of Israel’s Rights in the West Bank, BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 176 (31 July 2012).
  4. Libel Tourism: International Forum Shopping for Defamation Claims, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Global Law Forum briefing paper (2008).
  5. Abraham  Bell & Justus Weiner, International Law and the Fighting in Gaza, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Global Law Forum briefing paper (2008).
  6. Is Israel Bound by International Law to Supply Utilities, Goods, and Services to Gaza?, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs policy paper, 7 Jerusalem Issue Brief No. 33 (28 Feb. 2008).
  7. International Law and Gaza: The Assault on Israel's Right to Self-Defense, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs policy paper, 7 Jerusalem Issue Brief No. 29 (28 Jan. 2008).
  8. How Should Israel Respond to War Crimes Accusations from the War in Lebanon?, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs policy paper, 6 Jerusalem Issue Brief No. 13 (9 Nov. 2006).
  9. Abraham Bell & Laurence Rothenberg, Israel's Anti-Terror Fence: The World Court Case, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (View points #513) (15 Feb. 2004).



S.J.D. Harvard Law School.

J.D. University of Chicago, Law School (with Honors, Order of the Coif, University of Chicago Law Review).

B.A. University of Chicago, The College (with General and Special Honors).


Fall 2008: Visiting Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law.

Fall 2003 - Fall 2007: Visiting Professor, Fordham University School of Law.



Property and Theories of Property, Real Estate Taxation and Zoning Law, Economic Analysis of Law, International Law, Administrative Law, Laws of War, Arab-Israeli Conflict.


Member, American Law and Economics Association.

Member, Israel Law and Economics Association.


2008-2010 Israel Science Foundation Grant.

2008 Ihel Foundation Research Grant.

2006-2009 Alon Award (Ministry of Education).

2000-2001 John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business at Harvard Law School.


99-092-01 זכויות יוצרים - מבט בינלאומי (בשפה האנגלית)

99-422-01 תאוריות של דיני הקניין

99-506-01 הסכסוך הערבי-ישראלי: היבטים משפטיים

99-553-01 עסקאות קניין מורכבות

99-927-01 סוגיות במיסוי מקרקעין ובנייה

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