Yonathan Arbel
Assistant Professor of Law
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Yonathan Arbel's CV

Areas of Expertise:
Commercial Law
Consumer Law
Economic Analysis Of The Law

Yonathan Arbel

Professor Arbel earned his doctoral degree (SJD) in law and economics at Harvard Law School, where he wrote his dissertation on the theory of enforcement in private law. At Harvard Law School, he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and was chosen as a Byse Fellow to lead a workshop on the enforcement of contractual obligations. Professor Arbel earned his Master’s degree in law (JSM) from Stanford Law School as a SPILS fellow, and received his undergraduate joint degree (LL.B. summa cum laude) in law and the humanities from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he was a member of the honors program Amirim and an Articles Editor at Mishpatim Law Review.

Professor Arbel joined the University of Alabama School of Law in 2017. Before joining the faculty he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Private Law at Harvard Law School and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Villanova University, where he taught Contracts. Professor Arbel has served as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and a research fellow at the Israeli Democracy Institute. He also taught an undergraduate section on the economics of contract law at the Department of Economics at Harvard University, and received four awards for distinction in teaching. In 2010, Professor Arbel founded an international consultancy firm, Lexidale, that provides comparative international legal research to firms and governments.

Professor Arbel’s scholarship focuses on contracts, consumer law, legal enforcement, and torts. His work is interdisciplinary, tying law, economics, and sociology and his methodology involves both theoretical and empirical research. A selection of his recent work includes:

Adminization: Gatekeeping Consumer Contracts, Vanderbilt Law Review (forthcoming, 2018)

Tort Reform through the Backdoor: A Critique of Law and Apologies, Southern California Law Review (forthcoming, 2017, with Yotam Kaplan)

Shielding of Assets and Lending Contracts, 48 International Review of Law & Economics 26 (2016)

Contract Remedies in Action: Specific Performance, 118 West Virginia Law Review 100 (2015) (featured in Jotwell).