Dr Haim Abraham

Visiting Fellow
Human Rights Centre
Dr Haim Abraham



Dr. Haim Abraham is a Lecturer at the School of Law. He holds a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Toronto, a Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Law degree combined with the Interdisciplinary Honours Program in the Humanities from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was on the editorial board of the Israel Law Review. Before returning to academia, Dr. Abraham served as a Law Clerk at the Israel State Attorney Office, Civil Department. Dr. Abraham's research and teaching interests include tort law, private law theory, liability of public actors and authorities, the intersections of private and public law, and gender and sexuality law. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the ‘Oxford Journal of Legal Studies’ and the ‘American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law’, as well as in professional and popular blogs such as ‘Lawfare’ and ‘Just Security’, and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Israel. Dr. Abraham is currently examining states’ moral and legal obligations to compensate non-combatants who suffered wrongful losses during warfare and terrorism activities, using theoretical, doctrinal, and empirical lenses. Dr. Abraham organised several conferences, including Autonomy in Private Law: Past, Present, Future (Tel Aviv University); State Accountability Conference (London School of Economics and Political Science); Public Aspects of Private Law (University of Toronto); and Surrogacy in Israel Conference (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). In addition to his academic work, Dr. Abraham consulted various Ministries and Non-Governmental Organisations in the areas of tort law, surrogacy, and parental status, such as the Ministry of Health of Israel and Israel's LGBT Task Force.


  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) University of Toronto, (2020)

  • LL.M. University of Cambridge, (2015)

  • LL.B. combined with the Interdisciplinary Honours Program in the Humanities The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (2013)


Other academic

  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (12/7/2021 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Tort Law

Private Law Theory

International Humanitarian Law

LGBTQ+ Rights

Liability of Public Officials and Bodies

Current research

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Advanced Media Law and Ethics (LT237)


Journal articles (5)

Abraham, H., (2022). Tort Liability, Combatant Activities, and the Question of Over-Deterrence. Law and Social Inquiry. 47 (3), 885-919

Abraham, H., (2019). Tort Liability for Belligerent Wrongs. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. 39 (4), 808-833

Abraham, H., (2018). A Family Is What You Make It? Legal Recognition and Regulation of Multiple Parents. American University Journal of Gender, Public Policy, and the Law. 25 (4), 405-444

Abraham, H., (2017). Parenting, Surrogacy, and the State. Hebrew University Journal on Legislation. 9, 171-209

Abraham, H., (2015). Exempting Corporations from Court Fees – Between Corporate law and Civil Procedure. Haifa University Law Journal, 50-50

Book chapters (1)

Abraham, H. and Gidron, T., (2016). Hate Speech and the LGBT Community. In: LGBT Rights in Israel: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and the Law. Editors: Harel, A., Lushinsky, Y. and Morgenstern, E., . The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press. 971- 971

Other (6)

Abraham, H., (2021).The War on Compensation: Troubling Signs for Civilian Casualties in the Gaza Strip. EJIL: Talk!

Abraham, H., (2019).Awarding Punitive Damages Against Foreign States Is Dangerous and Counterproductive,Lawfare

Abraham, H., (2018).Discrimination in the Fight Against Terror: Israeli Court Applies Jewish Nation-State Law,Just Security

Abraham, H., (2017).Trump’s Misguided Logic for Bombing Syria,The Toronto Star

Abraham, H., (2017).Expect More Civilian Deaths with Trump's New Combat Rules,The Toronto Star

Abraham, H., (2017).Same-sex Adoption? Still a No-go in Israel,Haaretz

Grants and funding


Tort Liability in War

University of Haifa



Colchester Campus

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